After five years study at Cray Valley, I left in 1965. I had not been particularly bright, or a high achiever, but the influence and guidance of great teachers such as Mr Walmsley, Mr. Mayo and Mr Ray to name just a few has stayed with me now for the last 55 years. In fact it was Mr Walmsley who set me on a path for my future which I have never wavered from.
After leaving CVTHS I took a three year full time course in Technical Illustrating at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Bromley, Graduating in 1968 and my first job was with a government contractor to the MInistry of Defence in London.
Over the next few years I gradually moved away from illustrating into the world of design and advertising, being fortunate to work at that time with great creative people for amazing agencies on what is now seen as iconic work.
In 1993 I left London, a victim of the technology changes and the complete industry move to digital publishing, so taking the opportunity to work from home, I embraced the new digital world and began my own business, which twenty two years later is still giving me immense satisfaction and pleasure even though it has been a bit of a roller-coaster.
Over the last twenty years I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with some amazing people on great projects both nationally and internationally. The journey has taken me to places I never thought I would see and enabled me to become an experienced all-rounder in the the graphics world.
I am now enjoying the benefits of being “slightly” retired, but have also greatly enjoyed using some of my spare time to start a business networking group which has probably given me huge satisfaction.
With a little more time now for my hobbies, I am enjoying a return to painting and photography and hope one day I might be able to play guitar well!
I have been married to Nina, my constant support for 42 years and have two wonderful grown up children who we are very proud of. John is an intelligence analyst in the military and Sarah works as a business and product analyst with a large American bank.
This is very much an open ended story though, as there is still plenty to do! We would love to have the opportunity to travel more and still have not even done a road trip around the UK… but maybe this year?
Ken Lloyd - January 2016