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Eleanor Higgs

Eleanor Higgs

Menswear Buyer and Product Developer: Harrods of London

Eleanor Higgs was recently promoted to head up the expansion of Harrods of London for Menswear. Where she has sourced the best manufacturers in the industry to launch the new Men’s Boutique on the Ground Floor for SS14. Eleanor brings with her a wealth of retail industry knowledge and 15 years of international buying experience within the Luxury Menswear sector, including transforming a destination Accessories department to Buying the largest Ralph Lauren boutique in Europe. Eleanor focuses on the delivery of practical solutions and key business strategies, having consulted on well-known brands both in the UK and further afield. An influential and driven retailer, Eleanor is widely regarded as an expert in the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

April Crichton

April Crichton

Fashion Designer

April Crichton is a freelance fashion designer who worked with Sonia Rykiel in Paris for 22years.

Working as right hand man to Mme Rykiel she then went on to create Sonia by Sonia Rykiel and latterly became Creative Director for the House whilst commuting from Glasgow.

She now has returned to Scotland to work on projects and collaborations in the UK.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase

Maggie Smart

Maggie Smart

Brand Consultant at Macandi and Director at Folk

In 1999 Maggie and her brother Cathal established Macandi Showrooms, a distributor of mid-high end fashion; a business which was sold in November 2015. Specialist markets included UK, Russia and Japan. In 2001 they then launched Folk Clothing, a lifestyle brand which now spans menswear, womenswear, footwear and is currently expanding into objects for the home via Folk Studio. Folk owns and operates 3 stores within central London, has 2 shop corners with Liberty department stores and is stocked in +200 retail outlets worldwide.

In 2014 Maggie joined The British School of Fashion (the London outpost of Glasgow Caledonian University) where she developed , alongside world renowned retail and marketing specialist Professor Christopher Moore, an MSc in Fashion Business Creation which launched to students in September 2016. In addition to commitments with Folk and The British School of Fashion, Maggie works with a select group of consultancy clients across fashion. lifestyle and business to develop new business strategies and marketing plans.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Alison Harley

Alison Harley

Creative Director: School of Textiles, Heriot-Watt University (Galashiels)

Involved with: SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom

Wendy Murray

Wendy Murray

Communications and Business Development Manager: Bute Fabrics

Wendy Murray, Communications & Business Development Manager at Bute Fabrics shares advice on continual learning, how to keep future focussed, dynamic and solutions driven with less fear of failure. GSA graduate Wendy believes in a collaborative approach, embracing change and seeing the potential – opening their Atelier shop on Rothesay selling Bute Fabrics accessories as well as a curated range of interior products as a direct result of demand from open days at the mill. Founded in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute with the sole purpose of providing employment opportunities for service people returning home from the Second World War, the mill is still supported by the Bute family, sharing the continuing commitment towards the local community.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Marta Gomila Ribalaiga

Marta Gomila Ribalaiga

Visual Merchandiser: Paul Smith

Marta Gomila studied Graphic Design at the London College of Communication and soon after graduating began working for Blacksheep designing book covers for publishers. She also freelanced as a Graphic Designer in her native country of Spain.

After being made redundant from Blacksheep, she returned to her part time job at Paul Smith’s prestigious Westbourne House; a position she had held while studying for her degree.

Not long after her return, the job of Visual Merchandiser for Paul Smith Retail was advertised. This was the first ever role of this nature within this division of the company.
Having already been noticed by Paul himself as having a gift for display, Marta applied for the role and got it with her Proposal to Create a Global Visual Merchandising Standards Guide for the company. As part of her unique role, Marta is responsible for training all retail managers. Also meeting with partners in Japan and China to promote the VM guidelines further afield.

Seven years on, Marta continues to develop the growing Visual Merchandising Retail Team at Paul Smith.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Robert Gillan

Robert Gillan

Head of Fashion and Textiles / Associate Head of School of Design: Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

Involved with: SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom

Gemma Hare

Gemma Hare

Group Brand and Marketing Manager: Harvey Nichols

Gemma Hare specialises in luxury fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle marketing, and is completely obsessed with all things brand. Currently the Group Brand and Marketing Manager for Harvey Nichols, she oversees visual communication across the online business, and the 8 UK and 7 international stores. Gemma sets the marketing strategy which drives the Harvey Nichols vision to position the brand (globally) at the forefront of luxury retail. Gemma continually evolves, leverages and protects the brand and is responsible for delivering memorable and groundbreaking integrated campaigns. Gemma’s approach is detailed, disruptive and impactful, resulting in a brand that remains magnetic and ultimately secures long term profitability.

Gemma has previously worked for WGSN, the leading global fashion and style information service. Her previous role as Senior Events Editor saw her direct the strategy, coverage and trend analysis for the seasonal international fashion weeks and trade shows.

Gemma’s diverse background in branding, marketing, journalism, trend forecasting gives her a unique take on the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Stew Bryden

Stew Bryden

Photographer

Stewart is a freelance photographer working globally. He gained his degree in photography from Glasgow, Scotland before moving to New York City, working within the Manhattan based studio of world-renowned american photographer & artist Ryan McGinley.

Currently based between Manchester, Glasgow and London, Stewart collaborates with brands and publications primarily across fashion e-commerce, editorial & campaign.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow, SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Ben Andrew

Ben Andrew

Menswear Buyer: Liberty

Ben Andrew has worked as a Menswear Buyer at Liberty London for the past 2 years. His role involves buying from a variety of international collections to include ready to wear, denim and accessories, this all giving him an invaluable level of insight into the fashion industry. Ben has had a long and successful career in the fashion industry having worked as a buyer for Diesel and part of the product development team at Topman.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Darren Skey

Darren Skey

Brand Consultant

Having worked in retail for almost 20 years, Darren has a rounded knowledge spanning High Street to Designer. Darren has extensive knowledge of both the Merchandising and Buying functions, across womens, mens and accessories.

Darren was most recently Head of Menswear at Harvey Nichols where he was responsible for overseeing the total Menswear offering in all 8 HN stores. Darren had been fundamental in championing British brands and Harvey Nichols Menswear, under his stewardship, boasts one of the biggest offerings in the UK. Currently sitting on the BFCNEWGEN panel Darren is a leading figure in the Men’s designer market. Darren is now consulting with brands looking to enter the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Rosey Blackmore

Rosey Blackmore

Merchandise Director: Tate Enterprises

Rosey Blackmore is Merchandise Director for Tate Enterprises, the company responsible for commercial activity across the whole of Tate- Modern, Britain, Liverpool, St Ives, Online and beyond. She has been in this current post for 4 years, and held previous roles at Waddesdon Manor (part of the National Trust), Tate, and Debenhams, and has worked in a consultancy capacity for the Museums of Berlin and The Arts Council.

A passion for supporting emerging creative talent is a theme that has run through her work, with many projects developed over the years with students and young people.

She lives near Windsor with her 2 teenage sons.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award, SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase

Shashi Caan

Shashi Caan

FoIFI, FRSA & Founding Partner, Interior Designer / Interior Architect: The SC COLLECTIVE

Shashi Caan is an internationally recognized thought leader for progressive design. During her almost 25 years of design leadership, she has simultaneously cultivated the three related aspects of design – practice, education and the unification of the global design community. With an explicit intention to, by design, elevate the quality of behavior and experience for the human being, Ms. Caan’s design work derives from a multi-disciplinary research utilizing ever-developing design strategies and technologies.
Her work becomes a medium for encouraging, nurturing and inspiring the human spirit, while seeking integration and thinking within the realms of theory, application and the resultant impacts of design.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Ewan Ferrier

Ewan Ferrier

Creative Partner: Brand Union

Ewan has 20 years of experience in creating brands across multiple sectors and markets, including Vodafone, Levi’s, Peroni, Canon, HSBC, and recently, in partnership with Fosters+Partners, creating a brand for Jeddah Metro.

While still a student, Ewan won the top student design prize from the Royal Society of Art, and an award that took him to New York following his graduation to design exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum. On returning to the UK, Ewan began working in London as a retail designer at Fitch. During his time at Fitch Ewan worked on retail concepts for Oasis, Lego and BA.

In 2003 Ewan joined Brand Union’s newly formed Brand Experience team. The breadth of work at Brand Union allows Ewan to use his training in exhibition and retail design to breath new life into tired brands as well as creating entirely new brands across multiple touch-points.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

David Mullane

David Mullane

Owner: W2 Store

Art-lover and retail guru David Mullane is the owner at W2 store, a converted cow shed in Glasgow’s West End stocking the likes of Comme Des Garcons, Paul Smith and Margaret Howell. David is also the Chairman at Friends of Glasgow School of Art, a registered charity, established in 1990 working to support the School and its students.

Hilary Alexander OBE

Hilary Alexander OBE

Former Fashion Director at The Daily Telegraph & Graduate Fashion Week Trustee

Hilary Alexander : Born in New Zealand, Hilary Alexander OBE is the former Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph. She retired from the Telegraph in 2011, after 26 years, and has continued to work as a freelance stylist , fashion consultant and writer; is the editor-at-large of Hello Fashion Monthly; and a regular presenter and host at The Clothesshow. She appears frequently on television and has been one of the regular judges in the tv series, Britain’s Next Top Model. She works regularly with a number of charities, including the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the British Heart Foundation, and also styles the Breast Cancer Care annual charity gala fashion show. A long-established supporter of Graduate Fashion Week she has been a GFW Trustee since 2011. She has been named British Fashion Journalist of the Year twice (1998 and 2003). In November, 2007, she was honoured with the title Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. She was awarded the OBE by HM The Queen, for services to fashion journalism on November 28, 2013. She was recently admitted to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London as a Livery Member. She is a passionate traveller, long-distance walker, gardener, cook, cat-lover and collector of tribal jewellery.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Lorraine Cotterel

Lorraine Cotterel

Director: Cotterell & Co and Rocke

Lorraine Cotterell is Co-owner and creative director of Cotterell & Co and Rocke. GSA graduate Lorraine has over 20 experience working in lighting and interiors, growing Cotterell & Co into retail, online, wholesale and importing business and under the banner of Rocke, Cotterell & Co also design and manufacture lighting, lampshades, furniture and home accessories.

A long time importer, sourcing products from Europe, India and the Far East. Cotterell & Co have established firm relationships with their chosen factories over many years and have found flexible manufacturers who will make small quantities. Lorraine will be discussing the importance of continual adaption in business, taking risks and the opportunities of collaboration – how small businesses can seize the opportunities presented by digital technologies to become part of the 4th industrial revolution by collaborating with designer makers.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Caroline Parkinson

Caroline Parkinson

Director of Creative Development: Creative Scotland

Involved with: SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics

Karen Radley

Karen Radley

Founder, Scoop International

Karen Radley is founder of premium womenswear trade show, Scoop International. Karen began her career working with family fashion firm, Radley, going on to manage the designer company Quorum, whose names included Celia Birtwell, Betty Jackson and Ossie Clark. She was instrumental in the staging of hugely popular exhibition of the work of Ossie Clark at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and also worked as a sales agent for major brands such as Versace and Paul & Joe.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

Orsola de Castro

Orsola de Castro

Creative Director at From Somewhere and R2W, co founder of Estethica and co founder of Fashion Revol

Orsola de Castro is a designer, campaigner and pioneer in fashion and sustainability and co founder of Fashion Revolution.

The daughter of a Venetian artist, she took part in her first group exhibitions of etchings and drawings in Rome and Venice aged 15. In 1986-87, she had 5 solo shows in Italy sponsored by Letraset Italia, using their famous Pantone felt-tips and presenting her illustrations and reclaimed vintage hats.

In 1997 she started From Somewhere, a revolutionary label that was the first to address the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in recycling for the fashion industry. From Somewhere collaborations include upcycled collections for Jigsaw, Robe Di Kappa, Tesco and Speedo.

In September 2006 Orsola co founded Estethica, the sustainable fashion area at London Fashion Week.

In March 2010 Orsola designed the Oscar Dress for Livia Firth, wife of best actor nominee Colin.

From Somewhere collaborates with Speedo since 2010, upcycling obsolete swimwear and fabrics for the From Somewhere with Speedo collection, including the 2012 Unity dress designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic spirit.

In 2011, Orsola together with partner Filippo Ricci founds Reclaim To Wear, an organization that brings designers, producers and distributors to create upcycled capsule collections. Reclaim To Wear collaborations include Central Saint Martins;HKDI; as well as Reclaim To Wear by Topshop, a bestselling capsule collection which launched in June 2012 and is still ongoing.

Orsola is a regular lecturer for many universities including the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent and Falmouth University as well as guest speaker at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. Orsola is also a key note speaker at various sustainable fashion events and summits in the UK and internationally, including IHT Luxury Summit in London in 2010, hosted by Suzy Menkes.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - New Talent Award , SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Katie Treggiden

Katie Treggiden

: Editor Fiera Magazine & Confessions of a Design Geek

Katie Treggiden is the founding editor of Fiera, the independent design magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, and award-winning blog confessions of a design geek, established to discover, champion and inspire new designers in 2010.

She is also a respected design journalist, writing for the likes of The Guardian Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, Elle Decoration, Dezeen and Design Milk. Her second book, Makers of East London, will be published in September.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award, SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase

Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Founder/Editor: The Pink House

Emily Murray is an experienced lifestyle journalist (Stylist, Glamour, Grazia, i-on), former advertising executive and founder of The Pink House, a leading interiors blog all about fabulous family living. Knowing kids make it hard to get out/keep one’s sanity sometimes, Emily started The Pink House to help parents create gorgeous homes they enjoy spending time in, while helping them have a laugh. Emily believes in the playful side of luxury; just because a brand is beautiful, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a sense of humour.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Adeela Salehjee

Adeela Salehjee

Creative Director & Founder of Adeela Salehjee

Adeela is a London based designer, knitwear specialist, creative director and entrepreneur with well over a decade of business, luxury and fashion industry experience. Her extensive training includes a BA degree in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins where she specialised in knitwear, as well as a BA in Business Marketing from the American University London.

Since graduating she has worked for and been head-hunted continuously by many well-known fashion houses including Dior Couture, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood amongst others. Her experience has ranged from designing and developing collections, directing and managing large creative teams, fashion sourcing, building and nurturing client and production relationships, through to working on marketing and PR activities. It has also led her to having an intricate understanding of both foreign and domestic design and retail markets.

Most recently she spent eight years at Burberry as a designer and developer across a wide spectrum of creative departments. During this time she worked with the creative powerhouse of Christopher Bailey and Angela Ahrendts, at a particularly exciting and challenging time for the iconic brand as it innovatively forged the way for fashion brands in a new digital age, setting new benchmarks for fashion industry standards.

She is also the founder of her eponymous fashion label Adeela Salehjee which specialises in versatile, modern, timeless pieces with a special focus on working with natural fibres. Cashmere, merino wools, baby alpaca and cottons remain central, which she sources from hand-picked, sustainable suppliers around the world. There is something distinctly charming in the knowledge that each spool of luxurious yarn and therefore garment, can be traced back directly to the animal from which it came.

Her deep knowledge of the luxury and fashion market have moulded her vision to provide her customers with luxury essentials that consistently adhere to the latest environmental standards, whilst striving towards being a key player championing environmental preservation and eliminating waste.Her driving force has always been to create beautiful pieces whilst remaining mindful of how the creation of her designs affect the environment. Consequently, the products are as gentle to the skin as they are to the environment.

Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt

Founder of Scotland Re:Designed / Director: Genuine Scotland

Chris has worked with designers at widespread events including LFW, the Tea Building in Shoreditch and other ventures with artists and designers such as Timorous Beasties, Jonathan Saunders, Jim Lambie, and Christopher Kane. He works behind the scenes advising, showcasing and mentoring in the creative sector. He also runs Genuine PR, an international PR & events agency.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Commonwealth, SR:D 2014 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Go North, SR:D 2014 - Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Summit, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - Chicago Showroom, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom

David Finlayson

David Finlayson

Founder, APM Agency

Founded in 2002 by David Finlayson, and run in partnership with renowned international lingerie stylist Bok Goodall, APM-Agency is one of the UK’s premier lingerie, swim, and loungewear agencies.

In 2016 APM launched their first collaboration award with Scotland Re:Designed which saw Scottish designer Aimee McWilliams showing within APM Agency’s collections, and securing stockists including Selfridges.

APM have strong partnerships throughout all tiers of retail in the UK : premium , mid and volume.
APM Agency offers a full service from sales through to design as well as social and consumer media support.

A seasoned industry professional, David is seen as a key player in the UK lingerie, loungewear and swim industry.

Formerly President of Sales and Marketing for Calvin Klein Underwear Europe and consultant to numerous major USA and European brands including Tommy Hilfiger, D&G, Marks and Spencer’s and Hanes, David is known for his easy going and enthusiastic style, backed up by years of in-depth marketplace knowledge.

His speciality is introducing brands to market and he has successfully launched many high street and premium brands in the UK and Europe.

David is very involved with emerging talent in the industry, supporting new brands and designers, and is part of De Montfort University graduate judging panel as well as The Lingerie Insight awards.

APM-Agency works closely with all major retail groups, store groups and independent retailers in the United Kingdom. These relationships have been built and strengthened over years.

Key buyers are aware that new brands chosen by APM are selected carefully to be of interest to them and their customers, as APM have become known for developing relevant brands for each type of retailer, due to their in-depth store positioning knowledge.

The brands represented by APM are currently stocked in businesses at all levels of the market place, from high street to luxury.

APM brands include: Bluebella, Lascana & Dita Von Teese

David also owns Dessous – a twice yearly showroom at London’s prestigious Carousel Gallery, and his award this year includes space within the collections there. It is the UK’s premier event for mid-high end brands targeting the UK and European markets.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Professor Mike Press

Professor Mike Press

Chair of Design Policy within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of D: University of Dundee

Professor Mike Press has written and researched widely on design, innovation, contemporary craft and the management of creativity, speaking at conferences worldwide. He was a member of the selection panel for the Design Council’s Millennium Products, and is a former Chair of the European Academy of Design. Current research interests include design entrepreneurialism, craft and design innovation, and social design.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase , SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award

Fiona Chautard

Fiona Chautard

Creative Business Consultant: Fashion Info Trends

Fiona is a designer, coach & creative business consultant who has been involved in the design, fashion and textile industry for over 20 years.

As a practising designer, and creative business consultant, she is comfortable blending creativity with her marketing & business experience to support the product design process for a changing market place.

She has worked with 100’s of creative businesses & individuals in the last 20 years supporting them with business & product development, trend forecasting, marketing and sales.

In 2012, she founded and established Fashion Foundry, a sector specific designer fashion and textiles business incubator & talent hub for designers in Scotland, funded by Creative Scotland. The programme focuses on accelerating the growth of talent in fashion and textiles for the apparel sector in Scotland, with a specific focus on the international luxury goods market. 


She is the consultant industry adviser for fashion, textiles & retail at Cultural Enterprise Office, Fashion Foundry and Emergents Makers where she coaches & mentors creative businesses & individuals to help them realise their ambitions to reach their business goals.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Awards

Paula Reed

Paula Reed

Former Fashion Director: Harvey Nichols

Paula Reed joined the senior management team at Harvey Nichols in September 2012, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained in a number of Fashion Director roles across key fashion titles including The Sunday Times, Harpers & Queen, InStyle UK and Grazia. Paula joined Harvey Nichols after stepping down from her role as Style Director for Grazia magazine where, since its launch in 2005, she played a key part in creating the UK’s first weekly glossy magazine and developing its fashion editorial tone. Her broad experience in fashion complements what Harvey Nichols represents, from the most exclusive luxury brands to the more accessible levels of fashion.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Mark McDonald

: 18montrose

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

Managing Director: Dover Street Market NYC

Involved with: SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom

Paul Bhari

Paul Bhari

Fashion Historian / Media Communications & Events Director: Freelance

Working cross-disciplinary from fashion to beauty, wellbeing and interiors, Paul Bhari has been proving first-hand industry expertise for over 20 years, including consultation for high-profile exhibitions such as the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty and Club To Catwalk at the V&A.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Ian Springford

Ian Springford

Director: ISA

Ian Springford is a director of ISA, Architects and Interior Designers and Chairman of Apex Hotels.

Ian studied Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art between 1989 and 1995. On leaving Edinburgh College of Art, Ian began his architectural career with Reiach and Hall Architects in Edinburgh before establishing his own practice in 2000.

ISA are Edinburgh based architects and interior designers. The practice works on a broad range of building types including hotels, offices and residential projects across the UK.

Apex Hotels owns and operates nine 4 star hotels in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. Their tenth hotel, Apex City of Bath is currently under construction and is due to open Summer 2017

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Susanne Tide-Frater

Susanne Tide-Frater

Brand & Strategy Director: Farfetch

Susanne Tide- Frater is a Brand Consultant specialised in Fashion and Retail. She is Fashion Director for Victoria Beckham

ln 2010 she also joined Farfetch, the digital marketplace for independent boutiques, as Brand and Strategy Director. Amongst her other clients are Christopher Raeburn and the British Fashion Council.

As Creative Director of Harrods (from 2004 to 2006), Susanne Tide- Frater played an important role in the creative strategy of Harrods. Her last project was Harrods Terminal 5.

Previously, Susanne worked as Creative Director for Selfridges and was majorly involved in the turn-around of the once dusty retailer under Vittorio Radice. She set the tone for the fashion identity, the brand development, Selfridges, world famous events, such as Tokyo Life and Bollywood and participated in new store developments, such as the Future Systems store in Birmingham
She moved here in 1996 from Paris, where she has built a strong reputation for strategy development, business expertise and trend forecasting in various companies, including Peclers Paris and the Institut Francais de la Mode,

Susanne sits on the New Gen Advisory Panel of the British Fashion Council and the Vogue Fashion Fund Panel. She is a Director of the Venture Board of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and has been External Examiner of the Central St Martin’s MA Fashion and Textile Design since 2007.

Susanne’s passion is Design, Innovation and Creativity, but also consumers and retail. As such she spends a lot of her free time mentoring young designers, labels and concepts

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Pam Hogg

Pam Hogg

Legendary fashion designer, rockstar and artist.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Sarah Curran MBE

Sarah Curran MBE

Managing Director Very Exclusive: Shop Direct

Managing Director Very Exclusive: Shop Direct

Sarah Curran started her career working at L’Oreal, before moving to News International as a Sub-Editor.

Following nearly six years at News International, Sarah made the decision to set up her own business. In 2003 Sarah opened Powder in Crouch End, North London, a unique boutique offering an edited mix of the more accessible luxury leading and hard to find designer brands.

Sarah took her business online with the launch of my-wardrobe.com in April 2006. my-wardrobe.com positioned itself firmly in the center of the luxury market, focused on offering a curated edit of the collections of accessible luxury designer brands, along with bite-size editorial and a focus on customer service. Under her direction as Founder and CEO, my-wardrobe.com grew to be one of the world’s leading online retailers, with offices in Australia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and the US. Sarah left my-wardrobe.com in 2011.

Sarah joined Shop Direct as Managing Director for the new luxury ecommerce business in December 2013. In February 2015 as Managing Director, Sarah was responsible for spearheading the launch of Very Exclusive – a new luxury etail site, as part of the Shop Direct retail portfolio.

As part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors List, Sarah was awarded an MBE for services to fashion, in June 2013.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

William Knight

William Knight

Show Director – 100% Design & Clerkenwell Design Week: 100% Design

William is the show director of two of the UK’s high profile design events: the country’s largest contemporary design exhibition, 100% Design and the leading independent design festival Clerkenwell Design Week. A design promoter since joining the Design Council as Public Affairs Manager in 1999, his experience includes working across international exhibition programmes, content and business development, communications and business strategy.

As the Deputy Director of the London Design Festival for eight years William has extensive knowledge of establishing brands, large scale events and the positioning of design content within both commercial and cultural contexts. William has worked with a huge range of designers and design businesses, advising on promotional, product and strategic development.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase , SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Simon Carter

Simon Carter

Founder and Owner: Simon Carter Ltd

Simon began in 1985 on Chelsea’s King’s Road, where he had just finished a degree in immunology. He had a vintage 1930s motorcyclist brooch copied in pewter, and then went shop to shop trying to sell them. Eventually the society jewellers Cobra and Bellamy agreed to stock them, and the rest is history.

He expanded from brooches to cufflinks, as this was a product that had lain dormant since the 1930s. Business rapidly grew after that, and the brand became synonymous with men’s accessories as he went on to add watches, luggage, ties and belts, scarves and finally a full clothing offer.

Underpinning all Simon carter products are the core qualities and belts of original design, the best quality, and excellent value for money.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Lynn Wilson, B.Des(Hons) M.A. Fashion and Textiles

Lynn Wilson, B.Des(Hons) M.A. Fashion and Textiles

Key Account Manager in Textiles: Zero Waste Scotland

Lynn covers all textile related work including circular economy textiles research and grant funds, bulky waste and fibre processing, Scottish textile sector support including textile and fashion design. Lynn also supports the development and delivery of the UK retail industry led Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and Love Your Clothes in Scotland.

Lynn has twenty years’ experience in textile design, education and international development, setting up the first textile training college in Botswana and producing bespoke knitwear and accessories under her own label ‘the beautiful and darned’.

She has recently been awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to visit Japan and study circular economy textile design and production in the autumn, 2015.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - New Talent Award , SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Jenny Lister

Jenny Lister

Curator: Victoria & Albert Museum

Jenny Lister is a Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the V&A. She curated the touring Grace Kelly: Style Icon (2010) and co-curated 60s Fashion (2006). She is responsible for the collections of the Fashion and Textiles department dating between 1800-1914 and has contributed to catalogues and exhibitions including Quilts 1700-2010 (2010).

Previously Jenny worked at the Museum of London, where she produced displays on 1920s fashion and 18th century dress. At the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace, she curated exhibitions of dresses worn by Diana Princess of Wales, and others including Royal wedding dresses, and Queen Victoria’s wardrobe.

Recent projects include the refurbished displays of the permanent fashion collection (1750-2012), co-curated with Claire Wilcox, and she co-edited the accompanying book The V&A Gallery of Fashion (2013). She is currently researching forgotten early 20th century London dressmakers for a publication on the V&A Heather Firbank fashion collection, and the history of the production and retailing of shawls in Britain, for another forthcoming book.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Danielle Rodojcin

Danielle Rodojcin

Editor at Large: ASOS

Danielle Radojcin is editor at large at ASOS. She studied History of Art at The Courtauld Institute before going on to work at Vogue, GQ and Hearst Digital and freelancing for Harper’s Bazaar and The Independent. As well as creating fashion content for social media and hosting panel talks, she hosts and produces the ASOS My Big Idea podcasts, most recently at London Fashion Week where she interviewed Alexandra Shulman about the Vogue documentary. She also broadcasts Violet Sessions, a series of podcasts with creative pioneers available on iTunes.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Robyn Lang - Shankland

Robyn Lang - Shankland

Interior Designer & Interior Writer

Glasgow based interior designer and interior writer, Robyn Lang-Shankland has almost 15 years experience designing spaces and furniture for international hotel chains, resorts and private residential clients, which has seen her travel to several countries creating schemes to suit clients needs and specs and turning their dreams into reality. In 2011, Robyn was approached by The Daily Record Saturday magazine to write a weekly interiors column, this took her down a new and very exciting editorial route within the retail sector of interiors, sourcing, inspiring and influencing readers in how to decorate like a designer, getting key looks and trends season to season, up-cycling projects to do at home, and showcasing local companies, designers and artists. This opened doors at Scotland’s glossy No.1 Magazine helping them with their monthly My Humble Abode feature; sourcing wow factor homes in and around Scotland, conducting interviews and writing features.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Yvonne Elliott-Kellighan

Yvonne Elliott-Kellighan

Designer and Company Director: Bespoke Atelier

Bespoke Atelier is a surface design studio based in Glasgow. We design bespoke patterns and products for architecture, interiors and public realm projects.

Our designs make an impact, but equally complement and enhance the surfaces on which they appear. By working with digital printing bureaus, local manufacturers and fabricators in conjunction with our own screen-printing facilities, we are able to utilise a mixture of techniques and processes to create exclusive designs.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Kestin Hare

Kestin Hare

Kestin Hare is a British menswear brand produced by a designer who gets what works and is inspired by what men want for everyday life.

The brand was launched in 2014 by Kestin Hare when he returned to his hometown of Edinburgh. Kestin grew up watching his grandad who had a distinct style, took great pride in his appearance and ran pubs in Leith. This inspired his degree in Fashion Design BA Hons and Marketing, which then led him directly to the industry where he instantly felt at home.

Kestin carved out his 15 year career working for some of the biggest names, most notably holding the position of Head of Design at Nigel Cabourn. It was here, working on the Ascent of Cabourn collections, that Nigel honed Kestin’s passion for vintage, looking to the old to find something new, and instilled the importance of UK manufacturing.

Kestin has steadily created his signature look for Kestin Hare, and has continued to nurture his core values of vintage research, seeking out the most unique and technologically advanced fabrics, road testing every garment for fit and purpose, and is in constant conversation with his customers and the best of the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Gunnar Groves-Raines

Gunnar Groves-Raines

Co-founder: GRAS

Gunnar Groves-Raines studied Architecture at the University of Strathclyde before co-founding GRAS with Stuart Falconer in 2006. GRAS is an architecture and design studio which exists to create extra-ordinary things and places through the exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and technologies. Through its work, the studio seeks to bring the often disconnected design and making processes closer together encouraging collaboration and experimentation across disciplines. In this spirit, GRAS are establishing Custom, a new centre of excellence for collaborative design and making in the heart of Leith.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie Consultancy Ltd.

Anne has been giving trends presentations for some 20 years and through extensive travel is able to bring an international dimension to colour, fashion and interior trends. Anne also organises, on behalf of HIE and SDI, Learning Journeys for Scottish designers to key international trade shows and retail stores in major cities including London and Paris.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

Lynne McCrossan

Lynne McCrossan

Owner: CROSSCASHMERE

Owner at CROSSCASHMERE, Fashion Writer & Stylist and Author of A Girl’s Guide to Vintage

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA

Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA

Secretary & Treasurer: The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Previously Deputy Editor of Architectural Design, Assistant Secretary of RIAS and principal of his own architectural/interpretation consultancy, Neil Baxter has taught at the Mackintosh School, lectured on urbanism at Glasgow University, written for The Telegraph, Herald, Sunday Herald, Homes & Interiors and AJ and is a frequent media spokesman.

Among numerous publications Neil wrote The Wee Green Book, a History of Glasgow Green, edited Glasgow’s medieval history, A Tale of Two Towns, edited A Life in Cities, the autobiography of David Mackay (MBM, Barcelona) and the follow-up On Life and Architecture. In 2016 he co-authored and co-edited Scotstyle: 100 Years of Scottish Architecture (1915-2016).

Neil has been CEO of the RIAS since March 2008. In May 2008, he received Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Award. In 2013 he was awarded the Royal Incorporation’s Honorary Fellowship and in 2016 the Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker

Director, The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers, which receives over 25,000 visitors a month. An experienced and inspiring creative business adviser, coach and trainer, Patricia is known for a practical, no-nonsense approach. She writes regularly about craft and design businesses, including The Design Doctor, in Crafts Magazine.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

Annoushka Ducas MBE

Annoushka Ducas MBE

: Annoushka

Annoushka was founded by Annoushka Ducas in 2009. The founder and creative director of her eponymous jewellery brand, Annoushka grew up in London, later studying French language and civilization at the Sorbonne. From Paris, she moved to Hong Kong in the late Eighties and began to work with local artisans, designing jewellery for herself and her friends and family. Three decades on, she continues this passion and exploration with Annoushka.

Inspired by her extensive travels, and fuelled by a collector’s passion for the exotic and unique, Annoushka is the culmination of a lifetime’s obsession with the timeless romance and sensual magic of jewels. “My design philosophy is very personal,” Annoushka explains. “I create what I like to wear. It must be comfortable, versatile, unfussy, yet also tell a story. I love colour and my jewellery reflects this.”

Travelling the world to discover extraordinary stones and inspirational production techniques, her designs exude an irreverent sense of fun juxtaposed with a timeless elegance. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for example, frequently wears her Annoushka Baroque Pearl Earring Drops to complete her ‘classic contemporary’ daytime wardrobe, and Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow are loyal supporters of Annoushka’s layered style.

“Everything is made to be cherished and handed down,” says Annoushka. “The aim is to create collections that sit happily alongside heirloom jewels but which are fresh and contemporary. My work encourages experimentation.”

Her studio at the flagship boutique in Chelsea is a cornucopia of photos, mementos, fragments of colour and ancient jewellery, ensuring Annoushka is always close to her sources of inspiration and can add to her collections as and when she likes. Her Russian heritage has given her jewellery a very particular flavour, inspired by fable and fairytale, and tinged with colour and opulence. This combination of spontaneity and narrative lends newness and integrity to her collections, and a particular sense of discovery to the experience of visiting her boutiques.

In 2012, Annoushka was awarded Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to British jewellery industry, which spans three decades and began with Links Of London, which Annoushka and her husband John Ayton founded in 1990. She has been named Jewellery Designer of the Year, Gift Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year (twice), and she was short-listed for the Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year. She has also taken an active role in nurturing creative talent, initiating a very successful annual jewellery design project with students at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design and working alongside a small number of handpicked guest designers, mentoring them and exhibiting their collections at selected Annoushka stores.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase

Sally Homan

Sally Homan

Owner: Robertson Lindsay Interiors

Sally Homan is the owner of Robertson Lindsay Interiors a residential interior design practice based in Edinburgh. The company specialises in bespoke interiors for private clients and works on projects across the UK. Sally left behind a successful commercial career to follow her passion for interior design. After graduating from the prestigious Chelsea KLC School of Design with honours she worked in the design industry in London, before relocating to Edinburgh to establish Robertson Lindsay Ltd. She is an associate member of the British Institute of Interior Design and her work is regularly featured in the press. Sally is passionate about using Scottish craftsmen and textiles in her work. Having recently redesigned a castle in the Borders and other traditional Scottish listed properties, she will explore the challenges of this compared with more contemporary projects in our Heritage Heroes discussion. .

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Ruth MacGilp

Ruth MacGilp

Blogger of the Year for Scotland and Blog owner of Urbanity,an ethical fashion and lifestyle blog that captures adventures in style.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Gordon Richardson

Gordon Richardson

Creative Director: Topman

Since joining Topman Gordon Richardson has taken the brand to unrivalled heights on the high street. As the brands Creative Director he continues to work closely with the British fashion industry having worked alongside bodies such as the British Fashion Council as well as Graduate Fashion Week.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase

Ahmad Swaid

Ahmad Swaid

Social Media Editor: LVMH’s Editorial Platform – Nowness

In 2010 he launched Pop DuJour and began working at Wonderland Magazine, Hunger Magazine and more notably GARAGE Magazine, where he served as Digital Manager for three years developing the publication’s social media direction, online content and ground-breaking augmented reality app: GARAGE Mag .

In 2016, Swaid officially launched luxury brand MIU MIU’s Snapchat account with content and creative direction; also consulting for ADIDAS Originals on social media casting.

Currently, Swaid serves as the Social Media Editor of LVMH’s editorial platform – NOWNESS, Social Media and Digital Creative Consultant for System Magazine, and as a Social Media consultant for Jefferson Hack’s DAZED Media Studio.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase

Alice Wyllie

Alice Wyllie

Media & PR Officer: Historic Scotland

Formerly Fashion Features Writer at The Scotsman

Involved with: SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics

Martyn Roberts

Martyn Roberts

Managing Director: Fashion Scout & Graduate Fashion Week

Martyn Roberts founded Fashion Scout in 2006, following a successful career in Fashion PR in London. Over the past decade he has developed Fashion Scout into a pioneering and acclaimed platform for international fashion designers.

Earlier this year he launched a new initiative that aims to support and bring together emerging talent from across the Balkans. Fashion Scout SEE (South East Europe) is a unique partnership between four of the region’s fashion weeks and Fashion Scout.

In 2012 Martyn was appointed Managing and Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week. Featuring graduates from 68 universities from across the globe GFW is the world’s largest event for fashion graduates and attracts 30,000 guests to its annual event.

Martyn is also a regular attendee of international fashion weeks and a member of numerous judging panels, including the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week. In 2016 the International Woolmark Prize awarded Fashion Scout the esteemed status as an Official Nominating Body for 37 countries.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Alistair O'Neill

Alistair O'Neill

Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of London -after a Fashion, and is a fashion curator, his most recent exhibitions being Guy Bourdin: Image Maker (2015) and Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (2013). He writes for Aperture and Disegno, and is preparing for an Arts and Humanities Research Council project (2018-20) on pattern cutting with his colleague, Professor Caroline Evans. He recently completed editing the pattern cutting book, Creating With Shapes, published this October by Usha Doshi and COS.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

David Watts

David Watts

Fashion Business Adviser

David Watts is a consultant Fashion Industry Adviser based in London. He is an international director with a successful career at building and leading world class sales, marketing, creative development and brand strategies within the Fashion and Creative sectors. With a career spanning more than thirty years he has worked across the fashion, consumer product licensing and brand development in the UK, USA, and Japan.

With a passion for contemporary art, in 2000 he was a founding partner of The Art Attack Project – a contemporary art gallery in Hoxton, East London and developed a following for many of the then YBA’s [Young British Artists] many of whom are household names today.

Today his passion and knowledge of the fashion industry is both extensive and renowned and he views a designer’s career and brand with a 360 degree holistic approach, both from a creative and importantly a commercial viewpoint. He has been responsible for mentoring and assisting the career development of some of Britain’s brightest emerging designers today.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Go North, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Ella Doran

Ella Doran

Designer: Ella Doran

Award-winning designer Ella Doran first set up her homewares business in the late 90s, quickly winning fans and plaudits for her pioneering application of photography-based images and patterns onto functional, household products.

Ella’s photography, mark-making and textile design skills have since been commissioned by everyone from The Royal Society of Arts to the Tate, John Lewis, Portmeirion, The Glasgow School of Art, and Paloma Picasso – and used on everything from interior accessories, stationery, fashion items and textiles to large-scale environmental projects. She has gained both commercial and critical acclaim for her work including numerous awards and accolades; successfully working in collaboration with well- known brands, retailers and manufacturers.

Doran’s visually-arresting and award-winning designs are the result of creative partnerships and collaboration. She is never happier than when acting as a catalyst, setting off a chain of interlocking innovations. Recurrent passions include travel, the use of colour and helping to advance the circular economy.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow, SR:D 2016 - Awards, SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase , SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Owner/Buyer: Jane Davidson

Sarah Murray is owner and buyer of Edinburgh based, and online, fashion boutique Jane Davidson. A family run business since 1969 filled with all that is luxury in the world of fashion, Jane Davidson brand exclusives in Scotland include Dries Van Noten, Osman and Roksanda Illincic.

The boutique in Thistle Street showcases an eclectic assortment of designer brands hand picked by Sarah herself. Three floors of a townhouse are filled with an amazing selection of contemporary fashion from the likes of Theory and Preen as well as an impressive selection of denim from J Brand and Donna Ida.

Sarah is also adviser to Atterley.com, an online portal that consolidates the best stock from fashion retail boutiques and independent labels across the globe.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom, SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan

Molly is a freelance make up artist working across the UK. Over the last 4 years Molly has worked on a mixture of projects from personal make up, runway shows, editorial work and film & TV. Co-founder and creative director at REEK perfume she is also a full time smelly bitch.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow

Melanie Rickey

Melanie Rickey

Founder and Editor in Chief: fashioneditoratlarge.com

Journalist, editor and consultant Melanie Rickey is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashioneditoratlarge.com

As a senior news and features editor her journalism includes writing and editing for The Guardian, Grazia, The Evening Standard, British and International editions of Vogue and many more, as well as guesting on BBC Radio4’s Woman’s Hour and ShowStudio.com.

Melanie Rickey has been part of the prestigious British Fashion Council NEWGEN panel, which discovers and nurtures the next wave of British fashion talent, since 2007.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Alice Duggan

Alice Duggan

Head of Home Buying: Debenhams

Alice Duggan is an experienced retail buyer with over 15 years’ experience including time spent buying both Menswear and Home. She is currently Head of Buying for Home and Furniture at Debenhams, a multifaceted role that involves overseeing a number of buying teams as they develop a diverse group of product ranges from cushions and duvet covers to sofas and dining tables, from initial conception of ideas through to delivery on the shop floor. In particular, a significant part of Alice’s role is working closely with the department stores unique suite of Designers to deliver exciting and unique product ranges.

One of the most exciting parts of Alice’s role is leading the Editions concept at Debenhams Home. She is always on the lookout for new talent to become part of the EDITION range. The aim of this initiative is to bring contemporary designers to the high street and to establish a constantly evolving ‘hot bed’ of creative talent. Alice is really pleased to have recently brought in Ashley Thomas, Abigail Ahern and Vicki Elizabeth to the Home Editions range.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Disneyrollergirl

Disneyrollergirl

Freelance Fashion Editor

Navaz Batliwalla is a freelance fashion editor with over 15 years’ experience working with international brands and print, digital and mobile publications. Following a successful freelance styling career in the late 90s, she was fashion director of teen title CosmoGIRL! for six years. In 2007 she launched her anonymous fashion insider blog, Disneyrollergirl and returned to freelancing the same year, creating content for publications and brands including Asos, Oasis, Glamour and Grazia Daily. In 2008 she worked on the launch of Grazia India in Mumbai and continues to write a monthly fashion column for the title from her UK base. An early digital adopter, she uses Disneyrollergirl.net to share her fashion and beauty industry insights, editorial shoots, brand collaborations and cultural commentary with like-minded creatives and quality-conscious consumers. Her 360-degree approach to online content has an engaged following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as over a million followers on Pinterest. She will publish her first book in 2016 with Laurence King.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase