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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


Dave is Chief Operating Officer for Trading at Arcadia, his current focus is on re building the Miss Selfridge brand. He also heads up the Arcadia Buying offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai .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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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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Fiona Gaughan

Fiona Gaughan, Planning and Trading Director – Retail


Fiona has been working in Fashion Retail for over 20 years. She spent 14 years at Arcadia before moving to ASOS in 2014 to be the Womenswear Merchandising Director where she headed up a department of over 200 people across ASOS Design and Branded teams. More recently Fiona has taken on the role of Planning & Trading Director for Retail where she oversees multiple functions such as Merchandising, Global Planning, Forecasting and Trading.

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James Barron

James Barron, Menswear Buying Director, ASOS plc.

James has worked for the online retailer since 2010. This role includes the development of the Asos Design Brand and all 3rd Party Brands; James is part of the Asos Leadership Team. James has worked as a Buyer for 20 years for a variety of UK Retailers from Marks & Spencers, Tie Rack, Arcadia, Moss Bros, and as Head of Buying for Envy Clothing Group.

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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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Kim Longman

Kim Longman, Business Consultant.

Kim has been Chair of the FRA since its inception. Previously a HR career professional and for 17 years Group HR Director at Arcadia, she now runs her own consultancy business.

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