Heather Pickard is Acting Dean, Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
She has been involved with the fashion industry for several years, having worked at Topshop in the role of senior merchandiser and as a Buying and Merchandising controller at Laura Ashley, Sock Shop and River Island before her career changed direction when she joined the University of the Arts, London.
Her teaching across Further Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate draws on her experience of Supply Chain and Buying and Merchandising and her role as Programme Director for Fashion Management utilises all the management skills acquired in industry.
She has a Masters in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication and is a Chartered Manager within the Chartered Management Institute. She is currently engaged with research in two areas; exploring retention and achievement of students and employability issues regarding future fashion managers.