Before establishing The Chase, Ben spent many years in education, developing degree courses for graphic design, lecturing and acting as external examiner at universities the length and breadth of the UK. In 1982 he was appointed Head of The School of Graphic Design at Lancashire Polytechnic and, subsequently, helped to found the School of Communication Arts in London.
Over the years Ben has been invited onto the boards and steering committees of some of the country’s most respected and influential design advisory panels. These include the British Design Council’s Design Skills Panel, the City of Manchester’s Creative Panel and the Chairmanship of Design & Art Directors Club’s Education Group (during which time he laid the foundation for the hugely successful educational programme New Blood).
Ben set up The Chase in Manchester in 1986 to offer a credible, regional alternative to London’s brightest and best design consultancies. Although The Chase now has an office in London, it remains the only design company founded outside the capital that has been ranked number one in Design Week Magazine creative league table, which it has done so on three occasions. In 2003 Ben was appointed Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Central Lancashire.
He has been invited to judge creative competitions throughout the world. Although he has won almost all the awards that are considered worth winning he is equally proud that his students swept the board in the inaugural D&AD Award Scheme.
Despite specialising in graphic design he has also written TV commercials, designed a typeface, designed a heating stove and a 25,000 capacity football stadium.