Julie O’Sullivan is Course Leader for LCF MBA and Post Graduate Certificate in Buying and Merchandising and has extensive cross-sector industry senior management experience, including the luxury sector as the Merchandise Manager for Gucci in the UK. She was a partner in an award winning commercial photography business. She has an MBA. Her career in Higher Education began as the Business Development Manager for the Creative Industries at Brighton University. She developed knowledge exchange opportunities with SME’s and business entrepreneurs across fashion, e-marketing, photography and digital television. She has over 13 years Higher Education course leader and teaching experience, developing and delivering fashion business curriculum. She delivers across a number of courses in the Fashion Business School; including PG Cert Buying and Merchandising, MA Strategic Fashion Marketing, MA Fashion Retail Management, MSc Cosmetic Science and BA Buying and Merchandising. Specialisms include Buying and Merchandising, Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, Business Strategy and Strategic Market Development. Julie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was nominated in 2016 by students for a Teaching Award – Highly Recommended.
Matteo Montecchi is acting Programme Director Fashion Management and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing. His expertise is strategic marketing for fashion, lifestyle and luxury products, digital and social media marketing for luxury brands and online retailing. He has extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including MBA and executive courses, both in the context of specialist fashion colleges and business schools. Previously Matteo worked at GCU London/The British School of Fashion where he held the position of Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MBA Luxury Brand Management. Matteo’s research investigates how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands. His research interests also include legal and regulatory issues associated with the commercialisation of luxury products through various distribution channels in local and international markets (Intellectual Property Rights and competition restrictions in vertical agreements). Matteo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), an Executive Master in Marketing and Sales (SDA Bocconi School of Management and Esade Business School), a Master’s Degree by Research in Marketing (Birkbeck College, University of London) and a PgCert in Academic Practice (University of the Arts London).
Lisa Henderson is a Lecturer in Human Resources Management and studied MSc International Human Resource Management at Kingston University. She is accredited to the Chartered Management Institute as Chartered Manager and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In her twenty year industry career she has worked globally in the Retail Operations specialism developing SME and start-up businesses. Her role as an industry practitioner with vast and varied experience in leading, managing and developing people within organisations has led Lisa into higher education teaching where she lectures at under and post graduate level. Now focusing on achieving a PhD, her main area of research is Strategic Leadership and Culture within the industry. She also has a strong research interest in the generational challenges and wellbeing of the future workforce. She has contributed to the Strategic Fashion Management textbook with a chapter on HRM.
Liz Gee is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a Chartered Manager is a fellow of the CMI. Liz has fashion industry financial experience as Treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a Corporate Banker with Barclays plc. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liz completed her MA in Academic Practice at UAL in 2014 with a thesis on the pedagogy of enterprise and employability and has received two UAL awards 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 entitled Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach due for publication in early 2018.
Dr Ana Roncha is is the Course Leader for MA Strategic Fashion Marketing. She lectures in the fields of Business Strategies, Strategic Branding, Marketing Communications and Marketing Management. Ana holds a PhD in Design and Marketing Management for the Fashion Industry and previous degrees in Communication with a focus in Fashion. With over 14 years of experience creating high-impact strategic programs for international fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Ana has previously worked in house as a Brand and Communications Manager as well as on Branding and Communication Studios for brands such as Puma, L'Oreal, MoMa, Salsa Jeans, Storksak and Guy Laroche.
Abdullah Abo Milhim, Lecturer in Economics and Finance. Abdullah’s expertise is in Investment Banking, Hedge Funds, Structured Finance, Project Management, Wealth Management and Luxury Strategies. He has taught on the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Executive MBA courses in UAL, Westminster, GCU and Istituto Marangoni. Prior to teaching, Abdullah worked as a research analyst in Investment Banking (Merrill Lynch) and in Hedge Funds (MENA Capital), a consultant (Western Union) and trained senior partners in HSBC, PwC and KPMG. Abdullah is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services, The Chartered Management Institute, The National Skills Academy for Financial Services, and the Arab Bankers Association. His research Interests include Emerging markets, Microfinance in Retail, Fintech, Wealth Management, and Luxury. Abdullah holds a PGCert in Academic Practice (MMU), an MPhil in Finance & Management (SOAS University of London), a MSc. Financial Management (UEL) and a BSc in Financial Studies (BAU - Beirut).
Bethan Alexander is the Course Leader for MA Fashion Retail Management. Bethan is a passionate spokesperson, consultant, senior lecturer and researcher with an expert lens on fashion business strategy, omnichannel retailing, retail futures and fashion brand management. Having spent 18 years working internationally in senior management roles with fashion brands including Converse, Elle, Kangol and establishing her own consultancy business, Brand Baker, Bethan brings the same verve to her academic role. Within Higher Education, Bethan has held senior lecturing positions at London College of Fashion, University of East London and has guest lectured at more than 15 global HE institutions. Bethan is a published author, international conference presenter and active researcher. Her research spans Multi-Sensory Fashion Retailing, Customer Brand Experiences Online and Offline and Innovative Retail Formats. Bethan holds a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Product Management: Fashion, a Master of Science degree with distinction in Fashion Marketing & Distribution and a PG Certificate in Teaching & Learning for Higher Education. Bethan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was nominated in 2015 and 2016 by students for a Teaching Excellence Award – Winner and Highly Commended respectively.