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Anna-Karin Nilsson

Anna-Karin Nilsson, Lecturer, BA (Hons) Marketing & Communication.

 

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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Anne Secunda

Anne Secunda, Managing Director of the Wallis and Evans brands at Arcadia Group.

 

Leading a team of over 2,000 people and looking after all of the departments including buying, merchandising, design, retail, digital and the support functions. Anne began her career in Wallis specialising in buying and design before taking a general leadership role. Anne is also a key player in the strategic leadership team of the Arcadia Group.  She has been a mentor and supporter of the FRA for a number of years before joining the Board of Governors.

 

 

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Anthony McGrath

Anthony McGrath, Lecturer, HE 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 sort 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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Bianca Foley

Bianca Foley, Buying and Merchandising Tutor.

 

"I have a BA (hons) in Human Geography from Queen Mary's college University of London. After years of working on the shopfloor on Saturdays and in holidays, my first head office role was as an allocator at BHS progressing from an allocator at BHS, to Planner at Duty Free Shoppers to Merchandise and logistics Director at Kurt Geiger for 9 years.

Completing an MBO, expanding internationally in Italy and France and launching the first e-commerce site at Kurt Geiger was exciting!"

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David Kaye

David Kaye, A Partner & Head of Retail and Franchising Departments, Harper McLeod LLP.

David specialises in Retail Franchising and Business Law and acts as Company Secretary to various retail companies. He also acts as legal advisor in Scotland to the British Franchise Association.

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Dean Wantling

Dean Wantling, teaches on Level 3 and 4 Fashion Retail courses

 

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, L4 Buying & Merchandising Tutor.

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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Denise Francis-Brown

Denise Francis-Brown, Visual Merchandising Tutor.

"I studied a BA Honours Degree in Textile & Fashion. I knew Visual Merchandising was for me so I then went on to complete a City & Guilds in Display & Presentation; the Course content included Display, Design and Prop Making. Looking back now, I feel students from the VM short course have an opportunity to learn so much more than I did with the facilities we have at the FRA. I have always loved fashion and working in retail has given me the opportunity to combine my passion of styling and displaying merchandise.There are no words that can describe the great job satisfaction you get when a consumer buys the merchandise that you have displayed. I've worked on so many different projects from opening a new store and shop fitting, providing visual support at head office for the new collections and for events such as management meetings and press.  During my career I have worked for Peter Jones, Wallis and Jigsaw.  I always tell my students no question is a silly question and to use my knowledge to understand the industry. Regarding working in the industry, always remember to display merchandise so consumers can see the product that you are selling."