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what makes us tick

why we do it

We’re a creative team with a passion for design and helping you to achieve your goals. Pad has been helping its clients to boost their businesses and grow their organisations since we opened our doors in 2002

Friends and colleagues Alison Steward and Pete Jacobs founded Pad Creative following many years working in the various creative industries. Having seen an opportunity to create a single agency that could take care of the whole creative mix, they were able to provide a more stress-free and consistent experience for their clients.

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who we are


Peter Jacobs

Director of Online Services

Oversees all things web, making sure everything looks great and works as it should.

Co-founded Pad in the “days before beard”, having crammed in a range of jobs working as a technical illustrator, then a photo-retoucher and finally, a magazine designer.

Brews his own booze in the cupboard under the stairs… badly… and can be found at some dingy gig venue when not listening to Test Match Special.


Alison Steward

Director of Creative Services

The creative captain of the good ship Pad Creative who has kept us not only afloat but sailing strong since 2002.

Alison co-founded Pad with a passion to offer you much more than most design agencies, with higher levels of service, creativity, closer relationships and a wide range of services all offered under the same roof.

A keen archer and Zumba lover who made the transition from a ‘cat person’ to a ‘dog person’ with the arrival of the the Pad team mascot. Has also been known to partake in fire walks!


Jon Garrard

New Business Development

Takes care of new business and delivering an enjoyable experience for Pad’s clients.

Joined Pad originally as a designer before adapting his skills to business development, after being unimpressed with the ‘impersonal nature’ of some bigger London agencies.

A keen cricketer and runner with an interest in personal development and drinking beer, 2 interests that don’t always go together especially well!


Bex Blackett


coming soon…


Sarah Maxwell

Office Manager

The ‘Mum’ of the team with her own two children, dogs, cats, etc,  whose most endearing memory is seeing Harrison Ford walking down the main staircase at The Savoy where she worked as a secretary many years ago.

The Office Manager and all things ‘accounts’ who gained a First Class English degree at 31, has written a novel and working on another, acts in Am Dram and has vowed never to leave (regardless of writing success!), such is her commitment to Pad, “the nicest place with the friendliest people”.


Ilonka Ligteringen


Looks at finding creative solutions to projects that will put a smile on your face.

Switched between Corporate Communications to Graphic Design because it made for a more fun and varied work day.

Can speak English, Spanish and a little French… but ask her about  general knowledge or celebrity gossip and she doesn’t have a clue.


Rowan Campus

Web Designer and Developer

Builds websites using the latest web technologies to deliver a first class user experience.

A broad work history ranging from the Non-Profit sector to PR and Marketing. Now I do what I love everyday which is building websites.

My special abilities include eating more than anyone else in the office. I also produce electronic music.


Adam Bishop


Relishes providing new and existing companies with unique branding possibilities.

Published illustrator and shameless meta-nerd, enjoys the odd kick about and reading science fiction on his long commute.

Originally joined Pad as an apprentice thirsty for experience, now a fully fledged designer thirsty for the next creative challenge.


Leah Martin

Administrator & Designer

From quoting and  designing right the way through to invoicing, Leah is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of the Pad team.

Joined Pad so she can get up every morning thrilled to go to work doing something she loves.

In her spare time Leah loves to to doodle and illustrate and is a dedicated Tae kwon-do practitioner, training hard twice a week, currently two grades away from achieving that all important  black belt which is Leah’s ultimate goal.


Joe Foskett


Joe joined the Pad team after many weeks spent on work experience over 4 years, since way back doing his GCSEs.

Outside of work, playing and watching football is Joe’s main pastime along with music and growing his ever increasing mop of hair.

Biggest claim to fame is sharing his birthday with Dolly Parton and apparently looking like someone from One Direction.


Riya Gandhi


Warmly welcomed as the newest member of the team. Began as an intern, doing what she loves – web developing! Loves a challenge and creativity is what makes working at Pad so great!

In her spare time Riya enjoys enjoy tucking into a good film and also listening to music.

Claims to fame are her birthday AND surname being shared with the great Mahatma Gandhi. Has also been known to have a weird love for penguins, apparently – “they are just fab”.



Office Dog

What is there to say – Winnie is a joy to work with, brightens up everyone’s day and is in charge of ‘meet and greet’.

why work with us

Even if we do say so ourselves… we’re easy to get along with, produce great design, always deliver what we promise and look to provide an enjoyable working relationship.

We can take care of all your creative needs which saves you time and hassle in dealing with different agencies. The work we produce is always created to the highest standards to ensure that it generates the best possible results.  Check out our portfolio to see the work we’ve produced for our many happy clients, we hope your project will be showcased on our website soon!

Alison Steward

Director of Creative Services

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