Academic Team

Meet our team

School of Creative Industries

Simon Fenton

Head of Games


Simon has worked as a professional artist for 13 years, producing 3D graphics in many forms, from models and environments to effects and animation. He joined the team in 2007 and tutors on a number of our programmes, including our classroom-based compositing courses and online mentored visual effects courses.  After graduating from a Fine Art background, Simon joined Sony Computer Entertainment’s London studio, and worked in senior and lead roles on nine published titles including Total NBA ’97, This is Football, Getaway, Black Monday, Kinetic, Kinetic Combat and Sony Playstation Home.

Daniel Shutt

3D Tutor


Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of 3D fields, from feature film effects and games graphics, to TV commercials and architectural rendering. He joined the team in 2009 and combines teaching with his visual effects (VFX) work. Daniel’s early work in architecture included rendering the Sega World amusement attraction in Piccadilly Circus, before moving on to roles within the games industry, with tenures at Sierra and Divide By Zero. From there, Daniel worked in post-production for Lost in Space, on projects for 4:2:2, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and ITV. He also contributed to the award-winning ‘Honda, Hate’ promo and the ‘Pink Panther’ film. 

Mark Spevick

Head of 3D


Mark is our Head of 3D, combining teaching with working at the highest level in the industry. He got his big break at Peerless Camera, the production house co-owned by Terry Gilliam, and worked on every Gilliam film from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ to ‘The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus’, starring the late Heath Ledger. He also worked with director Martin Campbell on ‘Zorro’ and ‘Mask of Zorro’ before supervising on the set of ‘Casino Royale’. Most recently, Mark managed the CG team that worked on the parachute scene in ‘Angels and Demons’, on behalf of post-house Double Negative.

Davi Stein

Head of 2D


Davi has an impressive range of compositing experience and works with us as a compositing tutor. It’s hard to know where to start with her credits, because she’s worked on so many iconic films. Davi was Senior Compositor on ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and ‘Australia’. She also composited the Davy Jones character for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest’ and the Hall of Prophecies sequence for ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. Last but not least, Davi was also part of the incredible teams that worked on ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. She’s worked in almost all of the major post-production houses in Soho, from Framestore to Cinesite and Double Negative, as well as US-based Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Blue Sky Studios and Tippett Studios. 

Hugo Guerra

Compositing tutor


Hugo is Joint Head of Nuke at The Mill and also works as a compositing tutor on our evening courses. He has worked as a lead compositor for some of the most renowned companies in London, including The Mill, Nexus Productions, JellyFish Pictures and Atomic Arts, as well as Animech AB in Sweden, where he became their VFX Art Director. Hugo’s been teaching since 2008, starting at the IAA Visual Effects University in Ekjo, Sweden, before joining Escape Studios in 2010. He also creates Nuke tutorials for 3D World. 

Gideon Corby

VFX tutor (Part-time courses)


Gideon graduated in Economics and Sociology at Manchester University and went on to study sculpture at St Martin’s College. He became interested in VFX after a chance visit to the computer room, where he found it was the 3D on screen that interested him. This was back when high-end packages came on half a dozen floppy discs. Gideon set about making a name for himself in the VFX industry, working at the BBC and on projects including an animated short used to advertise the ‘Star Trek’ film, 3D models for the Victoria & Albert Museum and a project at the National Theatre. He also worked on the end credits animation for ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and BBC2’s spoof school science series, ‘Look Around You’, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won The Golden Rose Award. Gideon went on to teach at some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions, including London’s Royal College of Art, the National Film and TV School, Norwich College of the Arts and the Kent Institute for Art & Design.

Paul Harrison

VFX tutor (2D)


Paul first joined Escape Studios as a student, looking to learn Maya and embark on a new chapter in his creative career. He now works as a VFX tutor on our online programmes, combining teaching with working on his own personal projects. Since graduating from Escape Studios nine years ago, Paul has worked with some of the industry greats, including the Disney Channel, the BBC, Th1ng Studios, Smoke and Mirrors and Mainframe, in both Senior 3D Generalist and Lead Animator roles. Before moving into VFX, Paul had a variety of creative careers, including being an exhibiting artist, children’s book illustrator, graphic designer and sound technician. 

Dr Ian Palmer

Deputy Vice-Principal (School of Creative Industries)


Dr Ian Palmer’s long and successful career spans developing taught programmes in digital media, games, animation and visual effects. He also has a doctorate in computer animation from the University of Sussex, having developed a new method of collision detection for real time 3D objects. His focus has always been on bringing practical industry skills into the courses he’s designed, working closely with organisations such as Creative Skillset and the BBC, to develop new talent and upskill practising professionals. This work was recognised in 2014, when Ian was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. He is also a member of the BBC Trust Audience Council England.

Business School

Ben Hughes

Vice Principal (Academic Delivery)


Ben is Vice Principal (Academic Delivery) and his role includes looking after every aspect of the student experience, from enrolment to graduation. He also leads lectures and seminars for our law modules. Ben led the design and management of our flagship BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise degree, helping to shape everything that makes us unique. He works closely with our industry partners and professional bodies to make sure all our degrees are both academically rigorous and industry led. It’s thanks to Ben our students get involved with industry at the highest level, in exciting and often extraordinary ways. Before joining us in 2011, Ben managed the Graduate Diploma in Law and LLB programmes at BPP University. Prior to that, he was a practising barrister and was called to the Bar in 1999 after completing the Common Professional Examinations in law at City University. As an undergraduate, he read Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at Pembroke College, Oxford. Ben is currently studying the Philosophy of Education MA at the Institute of Education, University of London. 

Will Holt

Business Courses Programme Leader


Will is Business Courses Programme Leader, responsible for the day-to-day running of our business degrees. He also leads lectures and seminars in accountancy and finance. Will works closely with our students, academic team and industry partners to make sure you get an exceptional student experience. He’s passionate about education, both in the classroom and online, and has lectured (and trained university lecturers) in the UK, Europe and Africa. Will is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in professional and Higher Education for the past seven years. He has Bachelors and Masters business degrees from the University of Birmingham and Montpellier Business School (ESC Montpellier). He qualified at PwC before moving on to Kaplan Financial, where he specialised in synchronous online learning, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), to develop professional accountancy and finance qualifications. Will was Senior Manager in ACA Development and Special Projects at ICAEW. 

Dr David Atkinson

Business School Tutor


David leads lectures and seminars for our marketing modules. He has been a senior lecturer in marketing since 2009 and has helped to design and deliver a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He’s been involved in a number of consultancy projects, as a result of his academic research on dynamic capabilities. David comes from an industry background and his experience ranges from product development and market penetration, through to customer acquisition, retention strategies and managing relationships with suppliers. He’s held a number of roles, including Strategic Marketing Director for an IT-managed services company. David has a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, a Diploma in Direct & Interactive Marketing from the Institute of Direct Marketing and an MSc by research in Strategic Management. He holds Chartered Marketer status and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He’s also a senior examiner for the CIM’s Level 7 Analysis and Decision module. 

Ann Evans

Business School Tutor


Ann leads lectures and seminars for our law modules. Before becoming a law lecturer, Ann trained as a solicitor at Lewis Silkin and spent 15 years in private practice, specialising in intellectual property and commercial litigation. She has been a senior lecturer since 2007 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ann was a lecturer and manager at BPP University for eight years, including four years as a senior academic and Managing Director. In 2013, she founded Vaze Learning, an education and training company, and now works as a freelance lecturer, consultant and eLearning specialist. As well as her professional qualifications, Ann has a BA (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Wadham College, Oxford and an MBA in Higher Education Management from the Institute of Education, University of London.

Dr Brian Terry

Business School Tutor


Brian leads lectures and seminars for our Operations and Leadership Management, Project Management and International Business modules. He was a full-time academic at Imperial College London and University of California, Berkeley. He’s now director at his own management consultancy and has remarkable international experience at board level. His expertise lies in IT and business process outsourcing, strategic and business consultancy and transformation. Brian has worked throughout the world, including North and South America, Western Europe, Japan and Australasia. His former roles span many sectors, including industry, IT services and outsourcing, consultancy and education. Brian has been a director and board member at several multinational consultancies. He has over 25 years’ experience when it comes to project management and implementing strategy and change, across the private and public sectors. Brian’s a Visiting Professor at a number of well-known business schools in the UK and France. 

Ritchie Mehta

Business School Tutor


Ritchie leads lectures and seminars for our Principles of Business, Industry Studies 1 and Organisational Behaviour modules. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced lecturer with both academic and industry experience, who tries to bring insights from both these areas into the classroom. His hands-on teaching style gives our students the chance to solve real-life problems that have a lasting impact on business and society. He currently runs his own marketing consultancy and has worked for a range of global financial institutions, including HSBC, RBS Insurance and Direct Line Group, in a variety of marketing and strategy roles. His most recent role was Head of Retention & Customer Loyalty Strategy at Direct Line Group. Ritchie has a Masters degree in Strategy and Innovation from the Cambridge Judge Business School, a Masters degree in Business from Edinburgh University Business School and an undergraduate honours degree in Financial Markets from Manchester Business School. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Financial Services Marketing where he critiques and advises the journal on academic paper submissions, and is also studying for an MBA at Warwick Business School.

Eric Linin

Business School Tutor


Eric leads lectures and seminars for our Principles of Business, Professional Behaviour and Attitudes modules. He is Head of Talent and Learning at The Corporation of Lloyd's and has been involved in the world of learning for over 20 years. He helps design modules on our business degree programmes, as well as lecturing, and has an interesting, experience-based teaching style, benefiting our students with his many years in management at major organisations. His ethos is to help individuals develop and improve and to feel as if he's genuinely made a real difference to their personal and professional development. Eric is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a MBA with the Open University, where he's also a lecturer. He started his career at Coutts, the Queen's bank, where his customers included George Harrison of the Beatles, the comic Spike Milligan and a very young Lady Diana Spencer. 

Apoorva Chaudhry

Business School Tutor


Apoorva leads lectures and seminars on our Social Enterprise modules and is responsible for designing and delivering modules that give our students the chance to get involved in real-life social and commercial entrepreneurship projects in the UK and India. She also works on the design of our sustainability module. Apoorva is committed to bridging the gap between education and the workplace, by making learning highly practical and inspiring, so it develops students professionally and personally, as well as giving them a solid academic foundation. She has a LLB Law degree from BPP University and a Masters degree in International Management from Henley Business School with distinction. She has five years' experience in social entrepreneurship, having led and delivered social enterprise projects in the UK and India. In 2013, Apoorva co-founded Pave, an internship company that gives students and graduates the chance to intern in India within a range of industry sectors. Pave has been recognised for its commitment to the personal and professional development of young adults and cross-cultural practice and won Barclays' national social enterprise competition in 2013. She is also a One Young World ambassador. One Young World is a not-for-profit organisation that gives young people the opportunity to join a global network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential. It brings young people together with world leaders and business leaders, to make sure their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard and acted upon, to bring about positive change in communities, companies and countries. 

James Thomas

Business School Tutor


James leads lectures and seminars on our Social Enterprise modules and is responsible for designing and delivering modules that give our students the chance to get involved with real-life social and commercial entrepreneurship projects in the UK and India. He's passionate about practical learning which lets students put their academic knowledge into practice from the word go, making sure they graduate with the right skills for the workplace. James has a LLB Law degree from BPP University and worked in a city law firm before co-founding Pave, an internship company that gives students and graduates the opportunity to intern in India within a range of industry sectors. Pave has been recognised for its commitment to the personal and professional development of young adults and cross-cultural practice and won Barclays' national social
enterprise competition in 2013. James has over five years' experience in social entrepreneurship, having implemented and run several social enterprise projects, both locally and internationally. He is also a concert pianist who has performed at venues in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Albert Hall and Hong Kong City Hall.