Alex Light is a body confidence, self-acceptance and lifestyle influencer from London. After struggling from various eating disorders, Alex’s virtual platform transformed from a beauty and fashion blog into a glimpse into her personal struggles. Throughout her journey on social media, Alex has gained an expansive insight into the reality behind eating disorders, as well as weight stigma and diet culture. After a long and arduous recovery, Alex is dedicated to providing a safe space for anyone in the grips of an eating disorder or bad body image.
Jane ran successful Global Brand Topshop from 1998-2007, before buying into Whistles where she remained as CEO for 8 years.
Since then, she has become an ambassador for sustainable fashion brands, including Chair of rental platform MywardrobeHQ, and as a Director of The London Fashion Fund, which supports environmentally responsible fashion businesses. Jane has worked with Smartworks as a Patron, Trustee and volunteer dresser for 7 years.
FACE is co-founded by Sharon Lloyd, Course Director Southampton Solent; Pascal Matthias, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Winchester School of Art and Andrew Ibi, Course Leader Liverpool John Mores University.
Formed to challenge the lack of Black and Brown academics in the system, which directly impacts the experience of all young creatives but especially Black and Brown students, FACE demands acknowledgement of the contribution of Black culture and creativity, to history, society and to fashion.
A highly innovative and analytical e-commerce leader and head of partnerships at Klarna.
Previously the Founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, Sass Brown is currently a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London. Brown completed her PhD in January 2021 on Global Artisanship and Models of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining DIDI, Sass was the Interim Dean for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design in New York, where she oversaw the management of 17 design departments.
As a researcher, writer and educator, Brown’s area of expertise is ethical fashion in all its forms from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycling, reuse, alternative business models and ethical practices.
Founder, People Tree, REAL Sustainability & Fashion Declares, Author and Adviser
Twenty-something Francesca Perks is a Manchester based Instagrammer and TikToker unafraid to be authentic herself. Self-proclaimed extroverted introvert, she lets her “muckers” into her wardrobe & home with her daily videos. Navigating being a ‘bit fat’ without letting it define her, breaking the rules of “plus-size dressing”, with a sprinkling of mental health natter & throwing in some diy’s for good measure!
Lucy Maguire is trends editor at Vogue Business, covering Fashion, Gen Z, streetwear, sportswear and emerging designers. Lucy leads the Vogue Business Future Edit, the weekly newsletter and article series dedicated to emerging brands and startups in the fashion and beauty ecosystem. Prior to Vogue Business, Lucy has previously worked with the Vogue Global Network, Suzy Menkes and British Vogue. She graduated from UCL with a degree in Arts and Sciences and speaks French and Russian. Lucy has written for British Vogue, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Vogue Russia and The Face and regularly speaks at global events.
Bandy Kiki is a Cameroonian entrepreneur and LGBT+ activist. She is the Founder of Kikum Consulting – a marketing and branding consultancy; Rainbow Migration Trustee, Black Beetle Health Trustee and Living Free UK Director.
Emma Tamsin is a self love advocate with a flair for fashion & beauty. With a subscribership of over 130,000 on her YouTube, she uses her platform to discuss female empowerment, give advice in her ‘girl talk’ series and show her audience where best to shop for plus size fashion. Her Instagram is a place for fashion, fun and positivity. She is undeniably real, creating a safe place for her audience to come and be inspired. Practicing what she preaches; Emma founded her own fashion line, AllbodyUK, on a mission to provide clothes of all sizes for all shapes.
Feral has worked in the industry for 4 years with a change towards sustainability focussed in the last year now working as an ethical compliance assitant and also as strategic lead in Slow Fashion Movement as well as co founding the Future Fashion Fair. Having graduated in 2017 with a 1st Hons in Fashon Buying and Merchandising at manchester metropolitan university I have stayed in manchester to build my career in the cottonopolis of the country.
Olivia Callaghan is a down to earth body positive fashion influencer based in Birmingham, who has made a safe space on her platforms for people to feel seen. She founded her own size inclusive brand in 2020 called Pidge ‘for all lost souls’.
Laura Winson and Zoe Proctor are co- director at Zebedee, an inclusive talent agency for disabled, visibly different and trans and non binary actors and models in the UK, Europe, US and Australia. They set up the agency 2017 as they wanted to advocate for marginalised groups in the industry and drive change. Zebedee works with big brands like Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Primark, River Island and Boden and saw Zebedee model Ellie Goldstein modeling for a Vogue x Gucci collaboration, which went on to become one of the brand’s most liked Instagram posts ever (with nearly a million likes.)
Lucy Jane is a 22 year old Northern fashion blogger who loves all things second-hand, sustainable and being stylish with her stoma! She loves using her platform to share her funky style along with raising awareness of her own designer accessory- ileostomy bag!
Established Costume Designer working in the industry for over 25 years with companies including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.
Deborah has worked for high profile television shows, publicity and editorial shoots, working closely with producers, directors and actors/celebrities and has a fashion background, having worked for high profile glossy magazines British Vogue, Harper’s and Queen (London) and Harper’s Bazaar (New York).
CK is a Queer Trans Non-binary multifaceted being. Intersectional inclusion consultant, educator, writer and model.
Sascha Camilli is Senior PR Coordinator at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the author of Vegan Style: Your Plant-Based Guide to Fashion, Beauty, Home & Travel
Sophie is a disabled mum who loves colour! Her bright social channels @fashionbellee are used to show her passion in that diversity is possible within media and the fashion industry and to share her unique journey as a first time Mum to Zyra.
A Creative Director /Fashion Consultant with International experience having designed and presented collections for the British luxury brand DAKS on the catwalk at Milan Menswear Fashion Week. Bruce has an extensive knowledge of brand identity, textiles, global manufacturing and the garment supply chain with an emphasis of working with UK manufacturers and supporting Made in Britain. He is on the advisory board of the Meet the Manufacturer trade fair. Prior to DAKS, Bruce has worked for Katherine Hamnett, Soprani, Moschino and Onward Kashiyama. His work has been featured in the international fashion press in publications such as Drapers, GQ, Men’s Health, Vogue, Dignio ,Nile Magazines in Japan, Crash in France, and Textile Weilshaft in Germany.
Bruce has also acted as chairman of a mentoring panel for Graduate Fashion Week. An accomplished speaker He has spoken at industry events in Guangzhou, Paris, Sri Lanka and Tokyo.
Senior Marketing Lead (APAC) at Mulberry with experience across various luxury retailers and e-tailers.
“I am a makeup artist, makeup educator and honest beauty influencer. I have grown a following of 290K and was one of the first U.K. Muslim influencers to gain a following, #lookamillion has over 1.1M tags.
I am very passionate about bringing real life to a place where everything is exaggerated and perfect. Speaking up about mental health and always being relatable and authentic with your audience is the most important thing to me. After seeing the negative effects on social media I keep my Instagram stories filter free and I love to educate about beauty with transparency. I am also a Mummy of 2 children and enjoy sharing lifestyle content.”
Naomi has had a career as a mens and boys sportswear designer for well known companies such as Reebok, Hi-Tec, Lonsdale, Marks and Spencer and Umbro. She has since worked as a Course Leader/lecturer in fashion on the Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles at the Northern School of Art and is currently Senior Lecturer in Fashion Promotion at Sunderland University.
She continues to do freelance illustration and her work has been published in a number of books including ‘The Big Book of Fashion Illustration’ by Martin Dawber and ‘Fashion Artist’ by Sandra Burke as well as current fashion and style websites.
“My name is Dominic Lavelle, Editors and journalist are hailing me the next Alexander McQueen. I’m confident and skilled in the craft of fashion design, brand development, and building a business that has taken Lancashire Fashion scene by storm.”
Lecturer in Events, Entertainment, Fashion, Music, Films, Luxury Events and Programme Leader in BA in Events Management and BA in Events and Entertainment Management at University of Sunderland in London. Fotios worked in the industry before becoming a University Lecturer in 2003. His research interests include: Emotional Geography and the Impact of Place in the Learning Process; Discrimination of Beauty and Aesthetics; Student Engagement through Teaching; Fashion Events.
He has a multidisciplinary background with studies in Management, Computer Science, Psychology, Education, Events, Fashion and an MRes in History of Education by Royal Holloway. He is Member of different Events Management institutions, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
With over 20 years’ experience working in the fashion industry, she has led innovation and product development teams for world-recognized companies. From an early career in fashion buying in the UK, she relocated to Shanghai and oversaw the growth and product development for a range of major high street brands. She developed insights into every part of the product development process, from ideation to sampling and manufacture.
Working directly with the factories gave her hands-on experience in revealing how processes and products could be developed more efficiently and sustainably especially with ever-emerging future tech solutions. Now UK based with a broad-ranging global view, she specializes in nurturing creative thinking to support business leaders to think differently and push for a more innovative, sustainable and considered approach to product development.
The Wellness Bunch is a letterbox delivery service offering fresh foliage aromatherapy bunches, dried flower posies and gifts to improve physical and mental health.
Nature has always been known to be a good stress buster / well-being aid but we don’t always have time to get outside into the countryside as much as we would like or need therefore I aim to bring my customers natural, organic products that are designed to fit into their everyday routine.
Working for over fifteen years in collaborative, interdisciplinary arts practice, Sarah is experienced introducing new creative approaches to different cultural contexts, markets and audiences. With a portfolio career that incorporates writing, performance art, film and experience lecturing in performance, design and emerging media; her research into global cultures, fashions and trends allows her to lead on highly visual content for different spaces, audiences and platforms.
Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia is a proud, born-and-raised Mancunian, the Founder and CEO of Beaumont Organic, a global slow fashion brand, firmly based in Manchester city centre. Beaumont Organic was conceived in 2008, soon after Hannah collected her first-class honours at Leeds University for fashion and textiles marketing, and had a short stint as an assistant buyer at Monsoon.
Hannah is a pioneer and inspirational entrepreneur, who is paving the way for fashion to have a more sustainable future. She does that by creating contemporary conscious clothing for the modern woman, educating consumers on their purchases and striving for transparency throughout the fashion industry for the generations to come. Additionally, Hannah advises numerous companies on end-to-end sustainable integration. She is a big advocate for women leaders, supporting both Smart Works and also her chosen charity Loloma.
Steve Roy Cockram, known professionally as Stevieroy is a British portrait and fashion photographer based in Leeds where he works from his City centre studio, Brussels Street Studio. His client work has been published in many national and International magazines including Grazia, Hello Fashion, stylist, Wallpaper, At Home and inflight magazines throughout the World.
“Having worked in the field of Modest fashion & journalism & as a broadcaster with the Islam Chanel, I later moved into Consultancy. My work as Journalist & broadcaster shifted my attention to the Ethics & Sustainability of global fashion & the whole cycle of bringing awareness to the Global Islamic Economy. My work aims to brindle the gap & bring understanding with collaboration on the lucrative market of the Islamic Economy & the fashion industry while educating businesses on reaching Net Zero target emissions by or before 2050. “
Sean is a natural motivator, a Mental Health First Aid instructor and a Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor as well as a speaker at international events. He became an ILM accredited coach and mindfulness practitioner after spending twenty years in corporate roles as an Associate Director leading an unfulfilled life.
After a life changing experience, he started his own business lecturing at universities, colleges and training global companies in wellbeing, resilience and helping people remove stigma to become mentally stronger and create mentally healthy workplaces. He was also appointed an official mentor to the Queen’s Young Leaders (QYL) mentoring future leaders from St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada in the Commonwealth. The QYL was established through The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.
He has co-founded a suicide prevention charity and helped another set a new operation up in the North West of England. He now lives to help people make mindful choices to make their lives stronger, happier and fulfilled.
Multi-award winning luxury event planner & designer and best selling author of book ‘Extraordinary Parties’ by Debbie Marks talks about the growth of her ‘Creative Career’ & how to live what you love!
“I founded KeriKit because I wanted to create beautiful, practical and perfect bags and accessories that empower women to feel more confident, sexy and organised when they need it most. As a working mum of 3 I felt frustrated that we had to choose between fashion and function when I embarked on motherhood for the first time, and now I am proud to say that you now longer have to.
I design my beautiful leather Kit bags with women like me in mind – always moving, with a kid or two in tow, constantly switching between working, being a mum, and just being me. A bag isn’t just an accessory, it needs to fit in with who you are, where you’re going and be able to adapt just as often as i need to. My designs do just that, empowering you to take on the world in style. KeriKit was born when I struggled to find the perfect bag during both my pregnancies as I wanted a versatile bag that could be used for all of motherhood and beyond. so with 25 year’s experience as a handbag designer I realised I was right person to create the solution – so I did.”
CEO of Aistetic, an Oxford University spinout.
Mackay has recieved PepsiCo’s Chairman’s Award (Global Award selected by CEO & Chairman of PepsiCo) & was People Champion (Marketing Excellence Award PepsiCo UK)
“I am a 22 year old heart and kidney transplant recipient and brain cancer survivor – my illnesses also caused physically disability in my feet. I currently work for a social media personal branding company but am an online disability advocate and organ donation ambassador… I use fashion as a form of self-expression and love curating outfits that reflect my style and mood but often find it hard as disability and visible differences are so vastly underrepresented in the fashion industry – I never see anyone who looks like me in magazines, on billboards or in shop windows. This is something else I am trying hard to fight for and would love to be a part of the move towards a more inclusive fashion industry.”
Two friends came together to create something magical – we make it our business to bring you unique drinks experiences from independents around the UK and help raise the profile of our suppliers
Multidisciplinary designer currently based in South London. Before studying MA Fashion Menswear at the RCA, she graduated from BA Design at Goldsmiths, University of London.She works in serigraphy, dry point, painting, illustration and speculative design. Her work has been published in numerous magazines including Vogue Poland and Label Magazine, and she has presented at various exhibitions and individual talks, including art residencies, workshops and lectures.
Sonal is the Mentoring Officer on the Career Mentoring Scheme at the University of Westminster. Before joining the University, she spent the first 23 years of her career in retail as a Fashion and Textile Designer working for many high street brands. She began her career as a knitwear designer and worked in one of the last few remaining factories in England; as she progressed her career, she transferred onto the retail side working with Buyers and Merchandisers into developing clothing ranges.
Analytical Chemist turned photographer, and now one of Manchester’s own influencer and content creators.
Ellie has over 7 years of marketing expertise in digital marketing and specialises in Social Media. Ellie founded Collab Media in 2015 while at University. She graduated from UCLan with a BA(HONS) degree in Brand Management specialising in Social Media.
In 2018, Ellie also established Women in Collaboration, a networking events company for women in business around the North East Region.
Ellie was nominated for a Tees Business Women award in 2019, and she was shortlisted for a Digital Women Award in London in 2021.
Alongside Collab Media, Ellie is a lecturer at Teesside University teaching undergraduates the power of social media and brand identity.
Darren was born in London and raised in Liverpool, he studied at the conservatoire at the Northern school of contemporary dance. He has an extensive and varied portfolio of work.
He became Movement Director and choreographer for the world fire fighter Olympics and Portrait of a nation (one of the closing celebrations of the capital of culture events in Liverpool). In 2019 net ball world cup opening ceremony for Sky Sports, working with artists from around the world and performing live to a worldwide audience and he has gone on to be a key Choreographer for the Culture department in Liverpool’s local authorities over the years.
On top of his continuous work Darren set up his company House of Suarez in 2006. The company has gone on to win multiple Award for its annual touring Vogue Ball which is a Runway event bringing international artists to enter a dance/costume-based extravaganza in a safe space for all walks of life! The Ball looks at inclusion at its core and celebrates the culture of vogue. Credits for the company include. Adidas, Stella McCartney, BBC iPlayer, BBC channels, itv2 Sky Arts statues redressed, Sky Sports, National Theatre and South Bank, Thomas Cook, Yahoo UK, GDIF (Greenwich International Festival).
House of Suarez has been featured in the BBC iPlayer documentary Deep in Vogue (a film looking into the world of House of Suarez and its ongoing journey with its regional vogue ball). House of Suarez has also been featured on Sky Arts on “statues redressed” and BBC 4 “Dance Passions”.
Darren’s teaching history include lecturing and masterclasses for the following Mathew Bourne, Billy Elliot Musical, Northern Ballet School, Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores, Northern School of Contemporary dance. He continues to lecture at The Liverpool Institute for Performing where he became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, he continues to deliver master classes nationally with his company.
Fashion Journalist at GRAZIA Magazine. Bylines in Business of Home, Haute Living, The Psychology of Fashion, and other publications.
After a 10 year career in the fast fashion industry as an account manager for asos, Jenny quit her job in 2020 to build Rommy, a sustainable fashion brand specialising in handbags and hair accessories handcrafted to order from vintage and remnant fabrics. From a scrunchie subscription service to a handbag rental platform, the brand is leading the way in sustainable innovation.
SPEAKERS: ROOM TAKEOVER
We are happy to announce our education partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL).
UAL is made up of 6 unique Colleges and we can’t wait to welcome them to the event in July.