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Caryn Swart

Caryn Swart, Director of Information, Planning and Performance, Barking & Dagenham College.

Caryn was previously Chief Information Officer at City & Islington College.

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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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David Shepherd

David Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer for Trading, Arcadia.

David has a strong focus on growing the group's e-commerce and international business. He was previously Managing Director of Topman, and has spent his career working in fashion retail with Arcadia. David is also a trustee of the Fashion and Textile Children's Trust.

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David Walmsley

David Walmsley, Chief Customer Officer, House of Fraser.

David has worked across retail, publishing, advertising and financial services. His previous roles include Director M& at Marks and Spencer. Director of eCommerce at Dixon Stores Group, Head of Web Selling and Customer Services at John Lewis, Head of Marketing at Xbridge and Head of eDevelopment at Yell.

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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.

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Heather Pickard

Heather Pickard, Acting Dean of the Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion (LCF), UAL.


Heather's previous roles at LCF include Associate Dean for the School, Programme Director Fashion Management and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Management. Prior to joining academia she was a buying and merchandising controller with several high street retailers.



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Jon Richens

Jon Richens, Qualified Accountant, Finance Director, Wallis (part of the Arcadia Group).

Jon has previously been Finance Director/Commercial Director across a number of the Arcadia brands over the last twelve years.

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