Bianca Foley, Buying and Merchandising Tutor.
"I have a BA (hons) in Human Geography from Queen Mary's college University of London. After years of working on the shopfloor on Saturdays and in holidays, my first head office role was as an allocator at BHS progressing from an allocator at BHS, to Planner at Duty Free Shoppers to Merchandise and logistics Director at Kurt Geiger for 9 years.
Completing an MBO, expanding internationally in Italy and France and launching the first e-commerce site at Kurt Geiger was exciting!"
Debbie Taylor, L4 Buying & Merchandising Tutor.
Debbie joined Selfridges as a graduate trainee where she spent 2 years working across all levels of head office before finding her true vocation in Fashion Buying. Over a career spanning 20 years she travelled the world in pursuit of new brands and concepts, working with some of the world’s most famous designers and attending the RTW shows. She has worked across Accessories, Ladies Contemporary and Designer and childrenswear. Her specialities are Brand Buying and Trend development. In 2000 she was awarded the Drapers Record Fashion Buyer of the year and in 2015 the FRA Teacher of the Year Award.
Denise Francis-Brown, Visual Merchandising Tutor.
"I studied a BA Honours Degree in Textile & Fashion. I knew Visual Merchandising was for me so I then went on to complete a City & Guilds in Display & Presentation; the Course content included Display, Design and Prop Making. Looking back now, I feel students from the VM short course have an opportunity to learn so much more than I did with the facilities we have at the FRA. I have always loved fashion and working in retail has given me the opportunity to combine my passion of styling and displaying merchandise.There are no words that can describe the great job satisfaction you get when a consumer buys the merchandise that you have displayed. I've worked on so many different projects from opening a new store and shop fitting, providing visual support at head office for the new collections and for events such as management meetings and press. During my career I have worked for Peter Jones, Wallis and Jigsaw. I always tell my students no question is a silly question and to use my knowledge to understand the industry. Regarding working in the industry, always remember to display merchandise so consumers can see the product that you are selling."
Eleanor Delany, L4 Merchandising Tutor.
"I started off as an allocator at River Island and have worked my way up to Head of Merchandising, at Austin Reed Group most recently. I have experience of fast and slower fashion, mens and womens, accessories, concessions, and have worked and lead in price point and higher end companies."
Jacoob Kimmie, L3 Fashion Design Tutor.
"Jacoob Kimmie was born in South Africa with family roots extending as far as Indonesia, the Netherlands, St Helena and the UK. His great-grand mother, of Cape-Malay slave descent, was presented to and her portrait painted for Queen Victoria at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886. He was just 11 years old when he made his first dress for a friend who had entered a beauty pageant from a fluorescent yellow plastic meat-packer's suit that his father had bought him to wear as a raincoat. Aged 20, he worked as an illustrator and trends writer. His growing up in coloured townships of Johannesburg during Apartheid is a constant source of energy. Now living in the United Kingdom, Jacob has exhibited his work at LFW and in countries as diverse as Nigeria, South Africa, the UAE, Uzbekistan and Canada."
Jo Reynolds, PR & Marketing Tutor.
"After graduating in Fashion Journalism and Promotion at The London College of Fashion, I now have over 20 years of experience within the PR/Marketing industry. I've worked across a number of high profile brands including Patrick Cox, Marc O'Polo, Ben Sherman, Spiewak, Evisu Jeans, Duffer of St George, AG Jeans, J.Lindeberg, Tiger of Sweden and Dr Martens to name but a few. In 2011 I started my own PR & Marketing consultancy where I represent fashion footwear brands, Vagabond, Fiorentini + Baker and jeweller Sophie Harley. Additionally, I have been teaching at the Fashion Retail Academy since 2009"
Judean Hallier, L3 Fashion Retail Tutor.
"Judean has worked within the Retail Operations side of the industry with UK brands Whistles, Dune and LK Bennett, in a career spanning 12 years, before finding her vocation in professional career development and vocational coaching. She has worked within a variety of educational settings including Apprenticeships, delivering Retail, Management and Customer Service training to young people. Her specialist teaching includes starting a business, customer service and retail operations."