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Creative arts Staff profiles

Melanie Barron

Teacher

Mel's interest in photography started as she lived abroad from an early age. Experiencing different cultures and landscapes inspired her to become a photographer. Having left France, her native country, she studied at degree level in England, then travelled around the world. 
 
On her return to England, she worked as a freelance photographer in London. Following her move to Oxford, she joined the college to work as a photography technician and teacher. This led her to become Photography Course Leader in Banbury in 2010.

 

 

Julie Bianchi

Teacher 

Julie’s qualifications include a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and Drawing into Design from North Oxfordshire School of Art and Design, and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art  and a PGCE, both from DeMontfort University.
 
Julie’s professional practice is in drawing and painting. Her work has been represented by private galleries and exhibited at various venues including Green College Oxford, Art Fairs in London and Bristol and is also held in public and private collections.  
 
Julie has been teaching on a range of Art and Design courses at Banbury and Bicester College since 2006.
 
 

 

Sarah Britten-Jones

Teacher

Sarah Britten-Jones studied Ceramics and Glass at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, Kutztown University Pennsylvania and the New York State College of Ceramics, where she gained her MFA in Ceramic Art.
 
For the last thirteen years, Sarah has taught art and design in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and abroad. She specialises in teaching 3D design, ceramics, spatial design, drawing and contextual studies.
 
As a visual artist, Sarah uses performance, appropriation and collaboration to critique patriarchal power structures and familial institutions. She has exhibited across the UK, USA, China and Norway.
 
She currently serves on the Management Committee of Open Hand Open Space in Reading, where she has a studio. 
 

Martin Carrolchick

Teacher

 
Martin has a Masters in Fine Art: Print from Wimbledon School of Art. He also studied at Brighton University, Camberwell School of Arts, London and UWE at Bristol.
 
Martin’s expertise is in drawing and printmaking, especially intaglio printing techniques such as etching. His work has been exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, at art fairs such as Frieze and the Affordable Art Fair and held in public and private collections.
 
Martin teaches on fine art, creative arts, foundation art and design and extended diploma courses. 
 
 

Matt Chilton 

Teacher

 
Matt is a designer with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design from the University of Gloucestershire. He has worked for a top design agency and mixes teaching with freelance design work. Previous clients include Boeing, 02, Kerrygold Butter and Hamleys.
 
Matt has received international recognition for his work, finishing in the top three in the Penguin Books Design Awards and being a national finalist in the Clear Channel Outdoor Adshel Awards.
 
Matt joined Banbury and Bicester College in 2011, teaching on Level 3 and Level 5 graphic design courses. He became Level 3 Course Leader in 2012.
 
 

 

Amy Harris

Teacher 

Amy has a BA Degree in Textiles and Surface Design, specialising in knitted textile design. She has designed and made textile products sold in galleries and at craft fairs. Amy has also worked on a variety of freelance projects, including tailoring waistcoats for Thistles Ltd.
 
Amy teaches textiles and fashion on a variety of courses including design crafts, creative arts, foundation art and design, the extended diploma in fashion, and extended diploma in art and design. 
 
 
 

 

Kathy Johnston

Teacher

After completing her degree at London College of Fashion, specialising in womenswear tailoring, Kathy became a freelance pattern cutter, designer and part-time fashion lecturer. Her work led to various commissions, including pattern cutting for a small Woodstock boutique, making garments to order.  
 
Kathy's teaching career started at our Oxford campus more than 12 years ago, where she taught part-time on the Fashion Level 3 Extended Diploma course and ran the City & Guilds Fashion programme on a Saturday. In 2007, she became the Course Leader for fashion at Banbury and Bicester College.
 
 
 
 

Neil Mabbs

Teacher

Neil originally trained in graphic information design at the University of Westminster, then completed his MA in Graphic Design at the University Arts London (Distinction) in 2008.
 
His experience in design includes one-off commissions and graphic design for arts and educational organisations. He is interested in book-works, photography and in the relationship between form and content.
 
Neil has over 15 years experience of teaching and curriculum development of graphic design in higher and further education, with substantial expertise in visual research methodologies.
 
 

Jon Morgan 

Technician 

Jon studied photography at Staffordshire University in 2009. His main area of interest is image making, from darkroom processes to digital techniques.
 
Jon is passionate about documentary photography, including landscape typology and street photography, and enjoys exhibiting his images. He has over 10 years' experience in the arts, freelance and commercial photography.  
 
 
 
 

Nic Morgan

Teacher

 
Nic studied for his BA degree in media, photography and video at Banbury and Bicester College, graduating in 2005. After working at Channel 5, Sky One and Hot Bed Media, Nic returned to become course leader for the HND in Creative Media Production. He has also produced two video podcasts for iTunes Old Gold Tech and Popcorn Weasels. 

 

 

Holly Poncini

Teacher

After completing a degree in Film Studies, Photography and Video Production,  Holly decided to share her love of these subjects with others.

Following her PGCE in 2013, she was employed by Banbury and Bicester College to do just that. She also completed a Masters in Education in 2014 on the subject of Visitor Experience and Learning in Historic Heritage Settings.

 

Pippa Prosser

Teacher

Pippa studied Interior Design at Middlesex University and qualified with a BA hons in 1991. She worked in the field of architecture and design in London for 10 years.  
 
After relocating to Wiltshire, she set up a business with a colleague to make traditional paints and finishes, suitable for the conservation of ancient buildings. This led to an interest in decorative painting, restoring and upcycling furniture.
 
Pippa qualified as a teacher in 2004 and has been teaching Art and Design in Secondary Education for over 12 years. She started teaching at Banbury and Bicester College in 2014.
 

Dave Thornhill

Teacher

 
A dedicated academic and commercial Graphic Designer, Dave has been a Course Leader at Banbury and Bicester College since 2002. He teaches graphics on a range of specialist FE and HE courses. 
 
Dave has an MA in Communications Design from Central Saint Martins and a first class Honours Degree in Graphic Design from UWCN, as well as further specialist postgraduate qualifications. He also works at his Oxford-based design practice; focusing on publishing and brand communication. 
 
His areas of professional interest include three-dimensional graphic design, packaging, contemporary typography and a research interest in mapping, information design and conceptual development. His teaching style continues to be inspired by his students.
 
 

Louise Williams 

Programme Co-ordinator, Fda/BA (Hons) Creative Arts and Design Practice

 
Louise began her career as a freelance illustrator in London. She graduated in graphic design from Kingston University and then completed a Post-Graduate in Illustration at Central St Martin's in 1994.
 
Since then, Louise has worked on a wide range of art and design courses, and was Course Leader for our BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration for eight years.  Louise has organised several graduate exhibitions in London and student participation in artist book fairs.
 
Her current research interests include the changing identity of the illustrator, the development of flexible pedogogies and the children’s book as a historical and social document.
 

 

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