A Steering Board for the Business of Fashion, Textiles & Technology Partnership has been appointed to oversee strategy and direction, provide developmental support, provide constructive challenge on processes and practice, and monitor delivery and progress against key targets, milestones and performance indicators. This advisory role will include support on securing adequate match funding and investment for the project and follow-on opportunities and providing key industry and market intelligence. The Board will meet at least annually.
Membership of the Steering Board comprises the Project Directorate (Director, Deputy Director, and two Co-Directors), the Senior Project Management Team, a representative of the Postdoctoral Research Fellows, a representative from the AHRC, and external members.
External members have been appointed based on their relevant industry expertise and knowledge base, and commitment to the BFTT Partnership. They will advise the project directorate and research teams on specific aspects of the R&D programme, particularly where their expertise and sectoral interests supports R&D delivery and objectives. The external members are independent from the project itself, i.e. not in receipt of any project funding.
AHRC Senior Investment Manager
Gillian represents the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in an ex officio capacity on the BFTT Steering Board. She has worked in the UK research councils since January 2014, re-joining the AHRC in September 2019 as a Senior Investment Manager. Her current role involves both supporting the two fashion clusters for the AHRC and developing the AHRC’s fashion portfolio. Prior to 2014 she worked as a part-time lecturer teaching Contextual Studies on Fine Art Drawing and Sequential Illustration degrees. Gillian has a long obsession with clothes and fashion and is currently exploring the issue of sustainability in the fashion and textile industry. She has a BA in History of Art and Design from the University of Southampton and an MA in Fine Art Drawing from Oxford Brookes University
Prof Graeme Evans
As the BFTT Partnership Director, Graeme draws on over 40 years experience in project management in international industry working for UK and US as director of a design consultancy and cultural facility; and as a leading research and policy expert on the creative industries in UK and Dutch universities. He has led over 30 research projects for Research Councils, UK government, the European Commission, cultural agencies and industry/trade bodies. In his role as a research centre and institute director, he has attracted over £25m in R&D funding. This has included leading large research consortia working on themes such as city growth, electric vehicles, sustainable design, rapid prototyping and digital clusters (e.g. Digital Shoreditch/Tech City). Graeme regularly advises the UK Culture Ministry and other agencies, as well as overseas cultural and economic ministries (e.g. OECD) on creative city and industries strategy, including programme evaluation and investment appraisal. He has held chairs/professorships in Design at both Brunel and Middlesex Universities, specialising in sustainable/urban design and innovation. He is currently Professor in Creative and Cultural Economy at University of the Arts London.
Prof Jane Harris
As the BFTT Partnership Deputy Director, Jane draws upon over 20 years experience in transdisciplinary research, with a background in textile design and extensive experience of computer graphic imaging. Jane devised novel approaches to the digital representation of dress and textiles,with a track record of leading collaborative industry and academic research and development initiatives, involving a wide range of creative industry practitioners. Jane’s experience includes board-level representation in sector-leading organisations such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and advisory roles for the EU, EPSRC, AHRC and Arts Foundation. Core skills and competences include: Computer graphic imaging for fashion and textiles Design research in digital cultures Knowledge Transfer Partnership development. She is currently Director of Research and Innovation (Stratford) and Professor of Digital Design & Innovation at University of the Arts London.
Prof Tracy Bhamra
Tracy is a University leader with a mission to integrate enterprise into all aspects of academic work, and with extensive experience of developing and implementing strategies with attention to fairness, accountability and empowerment. Tracy’s role includes working with internal and external stakeholders up to Government Ministerial level. Alongside her leadership responsibilities, she is also Professor of Sustainable Design and therefore holds a strong interest for effecting change within an industry expressing increasing commitment to sustainable practice. Core skills and competencies include:
- Leadership and project direction
- Sustainable design consultancy
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership development
Prof Susanne Kuechler
Susanne’s extensive experience and expertise in material cultural studies includes working with a wide range of industrial partners, and understanding the opportunities represented by, and innovating with, alternative materials. An anthropologist of international renown, Susanne leads a forward-thinking Department at UCL, which consciously seeks to bring anthropological insights to bear on contemporary industrial challenges. Susanne has led large-scale RCUK, EU Commission and consultancy projects with businesses seeking to understand the cultural impacts of their practice. Core skills and competences include:
- Uptake and acceptance of new material innovations
- Culture and commerce
- Ethnographic research
Creative R&D Programme Manager
Yanina is a strategist, entrepreneur, senior researcher and experienced project leader. She has led projects ranging from fashion business strategy and policy to qualitative and quantitative consulting for FMCGs. During the last eight years, her work has focused on industry-academia strategic collaborations, where she has applied her expertise on start-ups, sustainability and innovation strategies within the fashion sector. She has been a lecturer and speaker at venues around the world and is an academic at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Core skills and competences include:
- Strategic programme management
- Sustainable innovation within the fashion industry
- Industry-academia knowledge exchange & innovation
Luigi has nine years of experience in managing complex research, training and capacity building projects internationally. Before joining University of the Arts London, Luigi was Research Manager at Tate, where he managed projects funded by the AHRC and the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. Luigi is a Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI), and holds PRINCE2 Foundation, Practitioner and Agile Practitioner qualifications. He has degrees in sociology and management for the arts and culture. He is a Non-executive Director at Res Artis Foundation, the world’s largest network of artist residencies. Core skills and competences include:
- Research and project management
- Cross-sector partnerships and network building
- Creative industries advisory
Dr Lipi Begum
Postdoctoral Research Fellows' Representative
Lipi has over fifteen years’ experience as an educator of contemporary fashion business cultures. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Lipi has industry experience in fashion retail, social enterprise and trend forecasting, and has worked as a sustainability consultant for the United Nations, Better Work in Textiles and Garments project for the Bangladesh Ready-made Garment Sector. She regularly advises local charities and schools on fashion and textiles projects. She is co-editor of the book South Asian Youth Cultures: Fashion Media and Society (Bloomsbury 2018). Core skills and competencies include:
- Multidisciplinary fashion research
- Global consumer cultures
- Community engagement and enterprise