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Laura Charles

Laura Charles, Director of Lingerie, M&S


Laura has a retail background spanning over 30 years specialising in buying. She is currently Director of Lingerie at M&S since March 2018 and prior to that Head of Buying from 2014.
Her career has covered both buying and design within retail and manufacturing and she has worked for companies such as Next PLC, La Senza, Etam and Courtaulds.


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Lee Lucas

Lee Lucas, Principal and CEO of FRA.

Lee has been the Principal and CEO of the FRA since October 2014. Lee started his career as an IT Manager and later retrained as a teacher. Over the past 14 years Lee has held senior leadership roles and Principal positions in private and public education providers, developing qualifications and apprenticeships (in the IT, beauty, jewellery and retail sectors), alongside a number of other commercial ventures.

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Martin Gibson

Martin Gibson, Director of Merchandising, JD Sports


Martin is Director of merchandising at JD sports fashion group. Prior to this he worked as senior Director for merchandising at George at Asda, and before that as head of merchandising at Marks and Spencer . Martin is also a qualified accountant and prior to moving into merchandising was head of commercial finance at Marks and Spencer. Martin chairs the FRA audit committee.

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Vanessa Spence

Vanessa Spence, Womenswear & Menswear Design Director, ASOS.


Joining ASOS in 2007 with a team of two, Vanessa was influential in shaping the ASOS brand and now has a team of over 100. Vanessa was promoted to Design Director of both Womenswear and Menswear in 2018 to develop a unified look and feel to the ASOS ranges, trends and collaborations. Vanessa is also a patron of the charity Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD).

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