We’re dedicated to helping our students develop the vital skills and know-how they will need for a successful career in their chosen industry. There’s nothing we love more than seeing our students go on to thrive in further study and employment after completing their studies here. Our alumni network have an impressive range of achievements which will encourage, inspire and motivate our current students to aim high and achieve their goals!

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Tilley Bancroft

Tilley Bancroft

Owner of Red Door Studios


Since completing a Foundation Degree in Art and Design, Tilley has gone on to become an award-winning film maker and animator with her own creative studio. Her films have been shown at the Chicago International Animation Festival and Cannes Film Festival.


Will Cheaney

Will Cheaney

Owner of Cheaney Media


Since completing Level 3 Film and TV and a BA Hons in Contemporary Creative Practice, Will has gone on to set up his own media company as a freelance videographer, working around the world with big names such as Kawasaki and Continental.


Emma Hutton

Emma Hutton

Owner of Platinum Hair Design


After completing a hairdressing apprenticeship, Emma went on to become a Senior Stylist before moving on to set up her own salon, Platinum Hair Design. In 2019, Emma won a national English Wedding Award for her creative work with bridal hair.


Naomi Radbourne

Naomi Radbourne

WorldSkills Assistant Training Manager


After completing Level 3 Beauty Therapy, WorldSkills gold medallist, Naomi went on to become a WorldSkills UK skills champion and judge, followed by her current role of Assistant Training Manager. She also owns her own salon, Beauty Blossoms.


Rob May

Rob May

Managing Director of ramsac


Rob is a former BSDC Business and Finance student. He is the founder and Managing Director of ramsac, a 100-person consultancy delivering IT and CyberSecurity services and support. Rob is an award-winning speaker and a Professional Member of the PSA.


Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Managing Director of St. Modwen Homes


Dave began his journey into the construction industry as a labourer, progressing to trainee site engineer while studying at BSDC. He is now Managing Director for the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen Homes.


Gavin Scothorn

Gavin Scothorn

Director of Alive


Gavin studied Design at BSDC before achieving a degree. After setting up his first print shop at the age of 19, he progressed to working for London advertising agencies, working on national and international campaigns. He is now Director of creative communications agency, Alive.


Deborah Haywood

Deborah Haywood

Film Director


After studying at BSDC, Deborah went on to achieve a master’s degree in English. She then took part in a short film scheme, which eventually led to her first feature film, Pin Cushion opening Critic’s Week at Venice International Film Festival and being nominated for three BIFAs.


Gavin Price

Gavin Price

Studio Director of Playtonic Games


A former student at BSDC, Gavin has gone on to create video games for over 20 years, working alongside and within companies like Nintendo and Microsoft. Gavin is founder and Studio Director of ‘Playtonic Games’ who created record breaking titles such as ‘Yooka-Laylee’.


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