Alice Morris

Assistant Website Technician

I am the OCA's assistant to the webmaster and look after the OCA's websites, as well as the student, tutor and staff accounts. I am currently studying a web design course alongside my job. I am an ICT enthusiast and keep up to date with new technologies. I also have interests in film and media and enjoy producing and editing short films in my spare time and entering them into competitions. Other activities involve rock climbing, badminton and socialising with my friends.

Alison Churchill

Director of Learning and Teaching Quality

I am responsible for the recruitment and development of tutors and ensuring that students are well supported in their studies. I'm a keen OCA drawing student and practice Hitsuzendo, an art which combines Japanese calligraphy and zen. I'm in a circle dance band which plays Eastern European folk music. I'd like to be a better flute player, but with the amount of practice I do, it's not likely to happen.

Catherine Wood

Student Services Administrator

Following gaining a BSc (Hons) Textile Design degree I worked as a Textile Designer for a contract fabric manufacturer in Lancashire for 5 years followed by a position as a Fabric Buyer for a shirt and apparel supplier in West Yorkshire, before moving into a business support role and then into education.

Prior to working at OCA I worked at Barnsley College offering support and guidance regarding training options to businesses and individuals throughout Yorkshire and Humberside. In 2014 I gained a level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance.

My role at OCA is to provide general support and advice to both existing student and those looking to become students with OCA, support is generally over the telephone or via email. I also support the Academic Registrar with preparation for assessments, and enjoy attending study visits to meet the students currently on course.

Danielle Derrick

Finance & Tutor Registry

I am the Finance and Tutor Registry Officer responsible for all things tutor pay and sales ledger related; from processing enrolments and logging receipts to setting up instalments and chasing payments.

I spend my time outside of the OCA trying to keep up with my two young boys.

Dee Whitmore

Head of Operations

I am responsible for managing Student Services and the Warehouse/Dispatch team. My role includes implementing the marketing plans and ensuring best value for our advertising campaigns, as well as managing Health & Safety for the College. I also liaise with Student Finance and keep the relevant funding information to support the Finance function. I hold a BSc (Hons) Archaeology from Leicester University. I enjoy enjoy riding my motorcycle, visiting archaeological sites and looking for evidence of our ancestors in the landscape.

Eddie Smith

Course Support Adviser

My role at the OCA is to provide help and support to our student body by both email and telephone. I’m here to assist students with course content queries and other subject related questions in photography and graphic design. After attaining a BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Art and Design degree, I worked as a graphic designer, and more recently gained a PGCE in Lifelong Learning from the University of Huddersfield. In my spare time I enjoy visiting art galleries and gardening on my family’s allotment.

Gareth Dent


OCA's Principal since 2008. I am responsible for ensuring the organisation delivers on its charitable purpose and am accountable to the Board of Trustees. I have an interest in photography, but my career has been in education research, policy and leadership. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and talking about cycling.

Gemma Young

Student Services Administrator

My role at OCA is Student Services Administrator. I provide assistance to existing and prospective students via email and telephone. I am also the MA Fine Art Administrator. I began at the OCA in June 2015 but have worked in Higher Education Administration since 2006. I am animal mad and when not working or cleaning out the animals I like to travel and I am currently planning my upcoming wedding.

Jeff Calladine

Warehouse Coordinator

I am a new member of the team. My main duties include dispatch and collection of course materials and assessment work. I am married with two sons, and now I’m a proud granddad to my grandson. My spare time is spent with my family and two dogs. I also have a passion for playing and teaching the guitar.

Joanne Mulvihill-Allen

Course Support Adviser

I'm here to support students with questions specific to fine art and course content. I write articles for the OCA's blog and organise OCA's study visits. I have a BA (Hons) in Fine Art - Painting, and a Higher Diploma in Art and Design for Art Teachers, both from Limerick School of Art and Design. Outside OCA, I volunteer at a gallery supporting creative practitioners in learning workshops, attempt to practise my own art and love to travel.

Kathy Petts

Warehouse Manager

I have worked for the OCA for 22 years. My main duties include dispatch and collection of course materials and assessment work; sending tutors details of their students and any administration paperwork including updating student and tutor details on the OCA database. I also prepare the OCA's premises for assessments and other events. I am married with two children and one grandson. At weekends we enjoy long walks ending at our local pub and trips to the East coast on our motorbike.

Kirsten Peace

Tutor Registry / Finance

My spare time is usually spent with my family, preferable outdoors, although I do enjoy having a quiet moment to read.Having worked in Academic Services at OCA for 18 months, I now work within the Finance Team. My responsibilities include tutor pay, enrolments and processing payments along with a variety of finance functions. I have a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Sunderland and have worked in a variety of administration roles.

Leanne Putt

Graphic Designer & Layout

I am the Graphic Designer for the OCA and my role within the organization is to design the layout of all the courses, advertisements and promotional materials. I have a BA Hons degree in Interdisciplinary Art and Design. I own a VW campervan that I love going away in at the weekends. I have a passion for the outdoors, and my favorite place to go on holiday is Scotland, where I enjoy going canyoning and white water rafting.

Lia Harness

Learner Support Officer

In Learner Support I deal with questions and concerns from both students and tutors. This can include guidance relating to disabilities, health issues and other circumstances that may affect learning. I can also provide support and information on extensions, deferrals and withdrawals, and I am secretary for the Bursary Committee. I have a degree in English Language and Linguistics, and have worked in Higher Education since graduation.

Malcolm Thompson

Consultant Management Accountant

I am a Chartered Accountant and as the OCA's Consultant Management Accountant I oversee all of the college's finances. Before joining the OCA I held a number of roles as finance director within the distribution industry.

Paul Vincent

Head of Technology and Media

I am currently studying the BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree with the OCA and also enjoy photography, surfing (when it's warm), and driving my VW campervan (when it's working).I've worked at the OCA since 2004, and have progressed from filing and scanning duties to my current position managing the OCA's website code and content, email facilities and online accounts. I also provide support for the MA Fine Art and its regular Google Hangout-based group-crit sessions.

Stephanie Gillott

Academic Registrar

I have worked at Open College of the Arts since 2001 and in that time I have held various positions. My current position of Academic Registrar which involves the management of all registry related activities - these include the assessment process and university enrolments for credits, and ensuring students are working towards the correct degree pathway. I am married with two young children and my spare time is spent with my family and friends.