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Angie Royal

Angela Royal, Associate Lecturer 

Graduating at the University of Greenwich with BA in Business and Marketing. Working within the PR and communications industry for over 20 +years, Angela has a wealth of experience specialising within lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands including Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Thalgo skincare, to name a few. Since 2012, she has launched her own PR and digital marketing consultancy working with brands to provide brands to provide a fresh and innovative approach to communications and brand awareness. Most recently Angela was awarded SME U.K. enterprise award as the most innovative and focus Marketing and PR consultancy 2020.

 

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Anna-Karin Nilsson

Anna-Karin Nilsson, BA (Hons) Business Management for Fashion Programme Lead

 

An Internationally renowned fashion editor and freelance stylist who began her career in fashion as an assistant to the Fashion Director of French Vogue before moving on to become a Fashion Director in her own right and contributing fashion editor to many leading international magazines including ELLE France, ELLE Norway, ELLE Sweden, Vogue Homme, L’Uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar International editions etc. with advertising clients including Givenchy, Cacharel, Burberrys, Mercedes and Louis Vuitton. She has also worked as a fashion PR, Brand Manager and Sales Director since opening her own agency in 2013. Her teaching career began in 2014 for several prestigious International Universities based in Paris.

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Anthony McGrath

Anthony McGrath, BA (Hons) Marketing & Communications Programme Lead

 
Anthony’s experience stretches over nearly twenty years. He started out in Mens style magazines and proved himself as both a competent Editor and stylist and went from work experience to Senior Fashion Editor of Loaded Fashion in an 18 month period. As a result of this he was seen as a key player in the Menswear market and lead to him being a highly sought after stylist. Styling and Art directing editorially for Mens Health, Interview, The LA Times and The Saturday Times Magazine to name but a few. The celebrities he has dressed include Ashton Kutcher, Duran Duran, Gerard Butler, Guy Ritchie, Jack Nicolson, James Corden, Johnny Lee Miller, Michael Owen and Steve Coogan and Steve Jones.

Over the years Anthony has styled campaigns for clients including House of Fraser, Emporio Armani, Lacoste and Marks & Spencer. He has consulted and advised brands as diverse as The BBC, Jaguar, Peroni, The Arcadia Group and Vogue Italia on brand progression, re-positioning in the market place, catwalk interpretation & media & PR relations. Due to Anthony’s extensive experience he has been asked by educational institutions, such as London College of Fashion, the Fashion Retail Academy, University of the Creative Arts and Manchester Metropolitan University to write, formulate and teach modules in Fashion, Styling and Fashion Communications.

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Dean Wantling

Dean Wantling, L4 Digital Marketing Group Lead

 

Dean studied International Fashion Marketing at MMU, in his hometown of Manchester. Following graduation he re-located to London to begin his fashion career working for some of the most dynamic, London fashion PR agencies. He has worked up to management level and in various freelance and consultancy roles. Collectively, Dean has 20 years’ fashion retail experience with brands such as Selfridges, Fred Perry, Levis, Lacoste and Calvin Klein.

Dean has qualified Teaching Status (QTS) after graduating from a PGCE from The University of East London, and has a variety of teaching experience both in the UK and internationally.

His specialism is Marketing, Branding and Public Relations.

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Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor, BA (Hons) Buying & Merchandising Programme Lead

Debbie joined Selfridges as a graduate trainee where she spent 2 years working across all levels of head office before finding her true vocation in Fashion Buying. Over a career spanning 20 years she travelled the world in pursuit of new brands and concepts, working with some of the world’s most famous designers and attending the RTW shows. She has worked across Accessories, Ladies Contemporary and Designer and childrenswear. Her specialities are Brand Buying and Trend development. In 2000 she was awarded the Drapers Record Fashion Buyer of the year and in 2015 the FRA Teacher of the Year Award.

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Diana Bonham

Diana Bonham, Associate Lecturer

Diana has 25+ years in fashion buying, sourcing, and management. After completing a degree in Fashion Design with Marketing​ she joined the graduate Buyer training program with BHS. ​

Diana joined Oasis as Junior Buyer and progressed to Head of Buying having bought all clothing product areas including footwear and accessories​. Working globally with a diverse range of suppliers Diana has travelled extensively sourcing developing design led ranges. 
She created and launched lingerie ranges for Oasis (Odille) and Karen Millen, selling to international retailers including Victoria’s Secret​

She has been a director of and consultant for the Ethical Fashion Consultancy​ and was Head of Buying and Design and Buying Director for Long Tall Sally​. 

 

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Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith.

Elaine runs her own quality improvement consultancy business. She is a highly experienced leader and manager, with a proven track record of achievement and success both as a Vice Principal and more recently in consultancy, training and support for the post 16 education sector. Elaine has significant experience in bringing about sustainable quality improvements and performance improvement solutions. Elaine is also contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector.

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Elizabeth Rouse

Elizabeth Rouse, Vice Chair, FRA.

Elizabeth has a long career and extensive experience in education management. Her previous roles have included Head of College at London College of Communication, Deputy Rector Academic at the University of the Arts London and Dean of Academic Development at London College of Fashion.