Meet our Staff

Hull School of Art & Design is home to a world-renowned creative community delivering innovative degree and masters programmes in art, design, media and architecture.

All our teaching staff are practising photographers, designers, artists, architects or academics.

Steve Woodford

Senior Lecturer Critical and Theoretical Studies (CATS)


Steven Woodford has lectured here since 2006. He is an MA graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he studied Fine Art. Steven currently teaches theory to all levels of the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles cohort, as well as the MA Creative Practice students, and potentially all art […]

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Annemarie Tickle

Course Leader BA (Hons) Textiles


Annemarie Tickle is a lecturer in Textiles, specialising in print and surface pattern design. She is passionate about print in all its diverse forms, from visual arts to specialist textile techniques. She says she loves the hands-on approach, experimenting with the accidents that produce expressive outcomes, contrasting this with skilled control of the medium. Apart […]

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Mark Terry

Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Photography


Mark has worked as a photographer at the Ministry of Defence’s HMS Nelson base in Portsmouth, in press photography, medical photography and has also worked in a self-employed capacity, in a photographic career that started in the 80’s. He’s taught photography with us since 2007, and web design, digital imaging and video at Lincoln University […]

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Gareth Sleightholme

Lecturer BA (Hons) Games Design


Games Design. Animation. Visualisation. Inspirational platforms to fire the imaginations of the next generation of HSAD creatives…are the research interests of lecturer Gareth. A prestigious early career in historical illustration for museums and set design for global theme parks set the creative bar pretty high. Gareth’s industry and academic background began as an historical illustrator […]

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Alex Rabone

Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Graphic Design


Alex has been teaching graphic design since 1983. She specialises in creative thinking and typographic communication, combining her teaching with personal practice and ongoing research. After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, Alex joined Marks and Spencer’s packaging design team in London. She became senior designer, focusing on cosmetic and toiletry packaging design, as well as […]

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Nathan Pidd

Lecturer BA (Hons) Photography


Artistic photographer. Zombie designer. Graphic novel collaborator. Nathan Pidd is a wearer of many hats, both in his personal practice and in his roles at HSAD. Nathan teaches photography and is our print room manager. He is a practising photographer with a fine art background who runs his own business and works in collaboration with […]

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Lindy Norton

Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Illustration


Award-winning artist Lindy Norton specialises in hauntingly atmospheric dry-point etchings and joyously colourful illustration. An experienced educator and practitioner, both areas of practical expertise inform her Illustration teaching with us. She has 17 years’ commercial experience as a freelance illustrator in London, notably working on children’s books, greetings cards, wrapping paper and packaging. Clients include […]

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Domanic Li

Course Leader BA (Hons) Illustration


Domanic Li, has taught with us since 1997 and is an illustrator whose practice includes research projects, private and commercial commissions. At the heart of all of our Illustration and Animation lecturer’s varied work is a genuine love for drawing. After graduation, he moved straight into industry, via the New Designers exhibition. Initially working with […]

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Vinayan Kodoth

Course Leader BA (Hons) Film Making and Creative Media Production


There are no words in Vinayan Kodoth’s films. There’s no need. With intense footage that is at once part of the action, yet somehow detached, he creates beautifully crafted films that evoke an intensely emotional response. Most lauded of the writer and director’s work is the 2004 film, Journeys. Vinayan has taught with us since […]

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Anna Kirk-Smith

Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Fine Art


Art and science. Unusual bedfellows, some might say. Not so for Anna Kirk-Smith. Our curriculum leader for Creative Futures and Fine Art lecturer has collaborative working down to an incredibly fine art. Having initially trained as a vet, she then completed a HND in Illustration and an MA at the Royal College of Art, London, […]

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Jayne Jones

Senior Lecturer Critical and Theoretical Studies (CATS)


Jayne began teaching with us in 2006, using her experiences of the realities of working as a full-time artist to inspire students and complement her teaching. She has a BA (Hons) in Visual Studies from the University of Lincoln; and a practice-based MA in Art, Design and Critical Theory. She continues to develop her own […]

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Jill Howitt

Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies (CATS)


After completing her own first degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design, Jill’s career progressed towards a focus on theory, allowing her to combine experience gained as a practicing abstract artist with her on-going research work. She completed an Open University MA in Art History focusing on the cultural and aesthetic […]

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Gary Hornsby

Head of Architecture


For Gary, design-led architecture is the key to giving his students a competitive edge. His design-led practice and research as co-director and architect at RIBA award-winning Salt Architects is invaluable to his teaching. Gary has a long association with architecture in the city. He studied and taught the subject at the former Hull School of […]

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Bridget Hansford

Course Leader MArch Architecture


“The School of Architecture has a vital role to play in the city of Hull”, says lecturer and practice director Bridget. Bridget has been an academic here since the course was set up in 2009 but has taught since 1991 at universities including the original School of Architecture in Hull. She has been a practising […]

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Jackie Goodman

Co Head of School | Lecturer BA (Hons) Journalism & Digital Media


Jackie comes from a rich background in the creative arts and academia. She has worked with us since 2002, prior to that, she set up an arts education agency, with support from the Arts Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and gained vast expertise in funding and setting up collaborative arts projects. A partnership with […]

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Chris Dimmack

Co Head of School | Lecturer BA (Hons) Architecture


Chris was a first class graduate from the University of Northumbria, where he won rare and prestigious Industrial Design awards from the Royal Society of the Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers. A PhD project is in the pipeline. Whilst working with Alexander McQueen, Chris designed and fitted designer’s shops in Paris, created hermaphrodite […]

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Lynn Benson

Course Leader BA (Hons) Fashion


Fashion isn’t the be all and end all for Lynn. It’s much more important than that. Lynn has taught fashion, millinery and art here since the 80s. Growing up, fashion and political awareness played a strong role in Lynn’s life, who earned her fashion stripes designing clothes for her parents’ bridal and womenswear shops. Lynn is fascinated by mathematics and the way […]

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Sally Firby

Course Leader FD Digital Design & Software Development


When you’ve spent the best part of a year surviving force 10 gales on the high seas, you’re almost guaranteed to step back on to dry land with a fresh perspective on life. Returning from the 2009/10 Clipper Round-the-World Race, yachtswoman and professional web UX designer Sally turned to teaching to share her 15 years of industry experience. With web design […]

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