Dan Henderson is the Associate Dean for Enterprise at the London College of Fashion, UAL. Dan leads the strategic planning and operational delivery of LCF’s academic offer in enterprise curriculum connecting innovation, enterprise, entrepreneurship and business support. Dan created LCF’s Founders Club for SME businesses to network, learn and support one another and now there are over 300 members. Dan has also worked on numerous successful projects at LCF including, the creation of Fashion District, Poplar Works and the delivery of a recent Office for Students Project on Enterprise. Furthermore, Dan has twice led LCF’s successful Small Business Charter (SBC) accreditation, awarded by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and he has now become an SBC Lead Assessor. Dan has significant experience working with UK universities, local government, higher education quality assurance bodies as well as with large and small businesses and is a former director of Enterprise Educators UK. Through Dan’s experience, LCF has developed a very strong enterprise pipeline to support fashion businesses start, scale and grow underpinned by extensive knowledge exchange activities. Dan’s family history is synonymous with SMEs and he has both a practice and academic based approach to supporting and growing SMEs, not just within the fashion industry. Dan’s leadership specialisms include business strategy, organisational design and team building and as a qualified coach and mentor he has supported many businesses. Dan is currently a non-executive director of three SME fashion businesses, and five non-fashion businesses, in sectors such as law, dentistry, engineering and real estate. Before joining LCF, Dan had very successful careers within finance and within the fashion industry where he held executive roles for leading UK retailers.
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