James Clark is course leader for Executive MBA and senior lecturer in buying and merchandising for a number of courses at London College of Fashion. He is the author of Fashion Merchandising: Principles and Practice (Palgrave). James Clark has lectured in buying and merchandising since 2007 and prior to that worked in numerous roles within UK fashion retail businesses such as Debenhams, Viyella and House of Fraser, with his last substantive position being that of head of merchandising. He has consulted with a number of brands including Gant and House of Fraser. Read James Clark's full profile here.
Denisa Niculescu is the executive education co-ordinator for Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion. She has extensive experience in events and project management and has provided support for a wide range of businesses, from politics and corporate governance to arts and education. Denisa has a BA (hons) in Economical European Studies. Initially part of the Craft and Product Programme teams, for her current role within London College of Fashion Denisa is the first point of contact for Executive MBA candidates, alumni, and potential candidates. She is passionate about providing a rich and bespoke experience to the Executive MBA candidates, ensuring the development of their personal, managerial and leadership skills.
Liz Gee is associate dean of the Fashion Business School and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a chartered manager is a member of the CMI. Liz has fashion industry financial experience as treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a corporate banker with Barclays plc. Liz completed her MA in Academic Practice at UAL in 2014 with a thesis on the pedagogy of enterprise and employability and recently received a UAL award for Teaching Excellence. Liz’s subject related research interests lie in new funding paradigms for fashion businesses and she is currently writing several chapters of a textbook of Strategic Fashion Management. Read Liz Gee's full profile here.
Dr Gary Schwarz is a reader at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on strategy, innovation, and how organisations and individuals can improve their performance. His articles have been published in academic journals, such as British Journal of Management and Public Administration Review. He was the serviceline leader of Performance Management at Deloitte and provides advisory services and management development for numerous organisations around the world. He obtained a Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching at Harvard University and the Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievements in enhancing the student learning experience at the University of Nottingham.
Sue Dean brings strong industry experience, coupled with a wide global perspective. Sue progressed from graduate trainee at Miss Selfridge to senior buying and merchandising positions in UK fashion multiples. Since 1990 she has combined consulting to retailers, manufacturers and investors globally, with lecturing at London College of Fashion. UK clients include Marks & Spencer, Arcadia, Debenhams and New Look. International clients include Illum, Copenhagen; Kaubamaja, Estonia; Landmark Group, Dubai; UNIDO, Bangladesh; Commonwealth Secretariat, Sri Lanka and the EU in Turkey. Sue has delivered training programmes in the UK, Argentina, the UAE, Hong Kong, China and Turkey. In 2007 she launched Lime Tree Gallery, now an internationally respected art gallery.
Dr Cherie Chen is the subject leader of Finance and Economics and has extensive experience teaching at postgraduate level. She had worked at multinational financial companies such as Standard Chartered Bank, Allianz Assets Management, Zurich Financial Group and Swiss Reinsurance within senior management. Her research area is behavioural finance.
Adrian Guaci has teaching experience in leadership, human resources and business strategy at leading universities. In addition to his contribution to the EMBA at LCF, Adrian lectures management studies at LSE, SOAS and Birbeck College of London. He was recently awarded the Teaching Fellow Award from the LSE Management Department and a Teaching excellence award from LCF to recognise his MBA teaching delivery. Adrian read a dual MBA in Management and International Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Buisness in New York, and holds a Masters, Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University and University of Malta. Adrian has led business development teams in New York and London and works in industry consultancy projects.
Dr Shuyu Lin’s expertise lies in value creation and appropriation in the fashion ecosystem. Her research aims to extend the application of network-based strategic management and social capital theories to the discipline of aesthetic innovation. Exploring both structural and relational mechanism in open innovation has been at the centre of her research interest. Following a BA in Journalism, Shuyu pursued her career in the fashion industry as a PR consultant and fashion editor. She then received the degree of MSc in Management with Marketing and PhD in Management from the University of Bath.
Jo Beardsworth's experience and insight in the fashion business spans over 29 years, with roles in senior management and working as an entrepreneur. During this time, she has successfully launched and developed many brands. Over the last four years Jo has focussed on personal performance development, to help people grow and manage change. Specialising in leadership, team building, communication, confidence, stress management and motivation. Her style is positive, innovative and commercial. She works closely with her clients, building a strong rapport to clearly understand what they want to achieve, helping to create a strategy to suit. Jo has lectured in business since 2016, creating and delivering modules in leadership, entrepreneurship, personal branding and promotion, strategic management and marketing with MBA, MSc and BA students. Jo provides bespoke programmes, workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions. Her clients include: London College of Fashion, Coventry University London, Fashion Retail Academy, Lionsgate Pictures, Drapers award winning businesses TCA, Level One and Claret showrooms, Dinny Hall, N16Vintage, ITE group, Wisebirds Network, Ruby London and many more individual clients.
Since founding her own label over 13 years ago multi-award winning designer Tina Lilienthal has collaborated with major international brands such as Paul Smith, The British Museum, The Museum of Arts & Design NY, Anthropologie and Nordstrom x Nike. Tina has received the Inspirational Speaker Award in the LCF Industry Partner Awards and was twice named Trendsetter in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 Awards. Her expertise ranges from design, product development, manufacturing, sales, marketing and brand strategy. Tina has lectured in art and design since 2003 and is a fellow of the HEA. She has developed and taught modules such as 'Creative Entrepreneurship', 'Design Methodologies', 'Design for Collections', 'Concepts, Markets, Approaches', and 'International Design'. In addition, Tina is regularly involved in the review and validation of HE courses including MA Fashion Management, MA Global Media Management, MA Luxury Brand Management, MA Luxury Jewellery Management, and BA Jewellery Design for Industry, and International Jewellery Business. As senior lecturer and practitioner advisor Tina has worked with the Condé Nast Center of Fashion & Design in Shanghai, London College of Fashion, Royal College of Art, Birmingham City University, University of Brighton and De Montfort University.
The recent collaboration between Tina and Jo, brings together the creative and commercial which is essential in today's market place. Their mission is to increase critical and creative thinking, through reflective practice to help individuals and companies develop purpose, vision and values to act upon and implement for growth.
Julie Dennison is an experienced Senior Lecturer and academic, having extensive experience of teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level since joining UAL in 2007. prior to her teaching career, Julie worked for over a decade as a Senior Fashion Buyer, specialising in fast fashion and CMT operations for major UK High Street brands such as River Island and Dorothy Perkins. Her research and recent publications have focused on consumer behaviour in digital environments. She holds a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Fashion, a Masters in Strategic Fashion Marketing, a PG Cert in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the HEA.