- Provides guidance to the Board in relation to matters of quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
- Meets three times per year, to scrutinise and monitor progress against the Quality Improvement Plan and Quality KPIs – including retention, achievement and progress of students
- Reviews the annual Self-Assessment Report
- Meets prior to each Board meeting (four/five meetings per year)
- Advises the Board on annual budget setting (revenue and capital) and scrutinises in-year financial performance against budget
- Meets three times per year
- Advises the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Academy’s systems of internal control and its arrangements for risk management - regular review of Risk Register, and
- Receives and scrutinises reports from the FRA’s Auditors (in-year assignments and year-end Reports & Accounts
- Meets at least twice per year
- Advises the Board on all matters relating to governance and the search for new Board members
The Board also establishes specific working groups/task and finish groups relating to specific projects.
Currently, there is a Property Strategy Oversight Group.
Board of Governors
Lee has been the Principal & 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.
Kim has been Chair of the Fashion Retail Academy since its inception. Previously an HR career professional and for 17 years Group HR Director at Arcadia, she now runs her own consultancy business.
Elizabeth is Vice-Chair of the Fashion Retail Academy. She has had 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.
James Barron is Menswear Buying Director at ASOS, having worked for the brand 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.
Laura has a retail background spanning over 30 years, specialising in buying. Since March 2018, she has been Director of Lingerie at M&S, having been Head of Buying from 2014 to 2018. Her career has covered both buying and design within retail and manufacturing. She has worked for companies such as Next PLC, La Senza, Etam and Courtaulds.
Professor Linda Drew
Linda has a range of non-executive roles in the creative industries, social enterprise, and education. She is the former Vice-Chancellor of Ravensbourne University London (2015/19) which specialises in the design, content, screen and technology disciplines. Previously, Prof Drew was at the Glasgow School of Art, as Deputy Director and a Dean at the University of the Arts London where she led Chelsea College of Arts. She studied Fashion at Saint Martin’s School of Art and has a PhD in Educational Research from Lancaster University.
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.
Sally has spent over 20 years working in finance within fashion retail. She spent 13 years at Arcadia starting as an analyst in the Oxford Circus store and progressing to Finance Director of Dorthy Perkins and then BHS. She then moved to M&S where she spent six years as Finance Director of the Clothing & Home half of the business. She now runs her own consultancy business and is a trustee for two other charities.
Sally has spent over 20 years working in finance within fashion retail. She spent 13 years at Arcadia starting as an analyst in the Oxford Circus store and progressing to Finance Director of Dorthy Perkins and then BHS. She then moved to Marks & Spencer where she spent six years as Finance Director of the Clothing & Home half of the business. She now runs her own consultancy business and is a trustee for two other charities.
Susanna is the CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation, Chair of the Laidlaw Schools Trust, Chair of B2B Marketing and a board member of both Criton and Zapnito. Prior to leading the Laidlaw Foundation, Susanna had over 15 years of CEO, CMO and Chief Strategy Officer roles in global media and B2B businesses, including as CEO of WGSN the world’s leading trend forecaster.
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.
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).
Pauline was previously CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills. She was awarded a CBE at the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and training in the cultural sector.