With over 25 years’ experience in the retail industry, my early career was as a trainee at Harrods and then a fashion department manager at Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. A move into fashion merchandising with the Arcadia Group and Richards gave me experience at all levels from Allocator through to Senior Merchandiser and Planning Controller. A move to Warner Bros Studio Stores gave me the experience of a UK startup operation and there, as Trading Director, was responsible for buying, merchandising and store operations.
In addition to my work with Westminster I act as a consultant to the retail industry specialising in Merchandising. I have been at Westminster for more than 10 years and work on both the Fashion buying and merchandising courses.
As a part-time lecturer at the University of Westminster, I have module leader responsibilities for all undergraduate levels, modules include Exploration of the Fashion Industry, Fashion Entrepreneurship and Commercial Skills as well as working as a seminar tutor at MA level for Managing Creative Teams and Innovation. I also have responsibility for the USA internship exchange programme and work on the University’s commercial short courses.