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Alison, Director of Creative Services

Helping brands to launch, evolve and tell their stories since 2002

An independent, established and highly creative, brand design and digital agency.

Back in 2002 and in their early 20s, Alison Steward and Peter Jacobs founded Pad Creative – armed only with some pencils, sketchbooks and a couple of beige Macs – in a tiny studio space in Beckenham, south London. Having worked together in a large London agency, they were convinced they could start a creative agency themselves and over 15 years – and many studio spaces – later, Pad is still going strong.

Pad has worked with some of its clients since those early days and from what they tell us, we’re a joy to work with – responsive, low on ego and able to ‘get’ what they are looking to achieve.

Not only is it a great agency to work with, it’s also a great agency to work for – we have a talented, close-knit team and a uniquely warm working atmosphere. We don’t want you dealing with “middlemen” account managers, so you’ll get direct access to the team of designers and developers actually working on your project.

Since the beginning, we’ve adopted a ‘right first time’ approach to our projects by taking a watertight design brief from the off. This lets us quote you a fixed price for the work you require, minimise any back and forth, and deliver to your deadline… not too shabby!

Who we are

Peter Jacobs, Co-founder and Director of Online Services

Peter Jacobs

Co-founder and Director of Online Services

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

Co-founded Pad at the ripe old age of 24, having crammed in a range of jobs in the design sector ranging from technical illustrator to image-retoucher to magazine designer.

He 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.

Jon Garrard, Director of Business Development

Jon Garrard

Director of Business Development

Will often be your first point of call when interacting with Pad.

Joined many, many years ago (before Gmail was launched!) as a designer, fresh from completing a degree in Visual Communication. As Pad grew, Jon segwayed into a business development role. He has a thorough understanding of everything we take care of for clients, from how your brand is perceived to how you reach the top of Google. Jon prides himself on ensuring that the work we create helps deliver the specific results you are looking to achieve.

Outside of work Jon is a keen cricketer who manages his ‘village’ side. He is closely involved with a charity as a volunteer, trustee and fundraiser, raising over £30,000 with his family the past 5 years. His charity work was recognised with an invite to the Queens Garden Party in 2019.

If you have a project you’d be interested in discussing, email or call 020 8662 6030

Bex Blackett, Designer

Bex Blackett


Bex is the mum of the group, not because she takes care of us (she’s too focused on being creative for that) but because she has two children. Bex joined Pad in 2006 after completing a Graphic Design degree. Bex is a highly creative country bumpkin who grew up in a house with a ‘boot room’.

Not content designing for Pad’s clients, Bex also designs herself, painting her nails most days to make sure they coordinate with her outfit, so serious is her dedication to her nails, Bex keeps her nail polish in the fridge!

Joe Foskett, Designer

Joe Foskett


Boys to men…

Joe joined Pad after several stints of work experience here while at school. We’re not sure he’s had his hair cut since.

He’s is a music lover and can often be found at a gig over the weekend. He loves football, especially his beloved Crystal Palace who lose or draw most games near to the Pad HQ.

Joe’s claim to fame is sharing his birthday with Dolly Parton, hopefully one day they’ll share the same hairdresser too.

Mark Williams, Web Developer

Mark Williams

Web Developer

Coming soon…

Richard Torble, Web Developer

Richard Torble

Web Developer

If you need an acute eye for detail (or possibly an endless supply of wine gums) then our web developer Richard is your guy. Richard joined Pad after perfecting his web dev skills following a career as a commercial headshot photographer (that we misheard in his interview and thought he was a ‘hedgehog’ photographer!).

He is a YouTube addict, design junkie and football fan, a lifelong Manchester United supporter who enjoys going to matches with his young son – both in Manchester and around Kent, often supporting their local team – Whitstable.

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