Meet the Team

Tom Northey
Course Leader


Tom Northey leads the Graphic Design course at UCA Farnham. Tom is originally a graduate of one of our founder colleges - the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. During his time in the design industry he has worked with many household names including: BBC, British Airways, Coca Cola, Conran, Decca Records, Great Eastern Hotel, The Guardian, Innocent Drinks (Fruitstock), Jetix, Red Bull, Nike, Odeon Cinemas, Orange, Puma, Tate Britain, Virgin & Zanders.

Since gaining his BA in Graphic Design & PgCert in Higher Education, Tom has achieved an MA in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication. Former students of his have gone on to work at high profile companies such as Apple, DesignStudio, SEA Design, Burberry, Electronic Arts, the BBC and Harper Collins.

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Catharine Slade-Brooking
Senior Lecturer


Catharine Slade-Brooking received an MA in design in 2001 and has been teaching in Higher Education since 1998. She is a Year 02 Group Leader and Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Her most recent publication explores her research into brand communication. “Creating a Brand Identity: A Guide for Designers”, Lawrence King 2016, has now been published in four languages and will be translated into Korean in 2018. Drawing on over 20 years of professional and teaching practice, the title explores the complex world of brand communication its history, impact on todays consumer society, specialist research methodologies and insights into creative practices. Her teaching practice is research lead, embedding these three key research themes in the development and delivery of curriculum at Farnham.

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Lisa Gellender
Senior Lecturer


Lisa received an MA in Graphic Design, London College of Communication, UAL in 2014. She formed Gellender Creative in 2004 offering senior level, multi-disciplinary service across print and digital media. She is a Year 01 Group Leader and Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Lisa has been a practicing Creative Director with over 25 years industry experience delivering successful, innovative solutions to leading fashion and retail brands. Clients include:  London College of Fashion, Selfridges, Arcadia Group and L’Oreal Professionnel. 

She has an ongoing passion for the subject, both professionally and academically. Using graphic design as a tool for investigation, Lisa’s research driven, practice based approach combines a theoretical and contextual knowledge of the subject into the curriculum.

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Dr Jessica Kelly
Senior Lecturer
Critical Studies

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Dr Jessica Kelly joined UCA as Lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies in 2013. She has taught across the Schools of Design, Architecture and Communication at UCA and currently works with the Graphic Design and Advertising courses.

Before joining UCA Jessica taught at London Metropolitan University, London Southbank University and The University of Hertfordshire.

Jessica graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from University of Sheffield and went on to graduate with distinction from the MA History of Design at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She completed her PhD, entitled The Ardour of the Layman: The Architectural Review and discourses of modernism in British architecture 1933-1972 at University of Middlesex in 2013. 

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