Julie O’Sullivan is course leader for LCF MBA 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 14 years of 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. Read Julie O'Sullivan'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.
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. Read Bethan Alexander's full profile here.
Kirsty Nevett is lecturer in retail management/operations/strategy. Kirsty has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years as a buyer and then a business development and innovation expert working for Harrods, Lyle & Scott and Gloverall in Europe, the USA and the far east. Kirsty has extensive experience in fashion retailing from store management and retail operations to buying, merchandising and new business innovations. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Business and an MSc in Fashion Marketing. Her research interests lie in the future of fashion, with particular interest in how new technologies in both retail and product are engaging, converting and retaining consumers.
Dr Francesca Bonetti is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Marketing at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and a Visiting Lecturer at universities across Europe, the USA and Asia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at USC Marshall School of Business, conducting a research project on technological innovation in the fashion and creative industries across the USA, UK and Europe. Her research interests focus on business technological innovation across cultures in the fashion and creative industries, and the digital transformation of retailing. Her PhD (University of Manchester, UK, 2020) explored the adoption of consumer-facing technologies in fashion retail settings from a managerial perspective. Her interests also include luxury fashion retailing in China and the consumption of fashion goods by Asian consumers. Her work is published in academic journals such as the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services and the International Journal of Technology Marketing, among others, and in a number of books. She has international industry experience in marketing communications and retail and business development in the fashion and apparel sector. She currently consult for fashion brands, retailers and startup companies on distribution strategies, communications strategies and the use of consumer-facing technology.
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. Shuyu delivers across a number of courses in the Fashion Business School, including MA Global Fashion Retailing. Specialisms include business strategy, retail internationalisation and Masters project.
Dr Lan Wang is lecturer in Economics and Finance at the Fashion Business School. Lan is a member in Centre for Business and Climate Change at University of Edinburgh Business School. She has been completed PhD in climate finance at University of Edinburgh, MSc in Carbon Finance from University of Edinburgh (2013), and MSc in Corporate Finance from ICMA Centre, University of Reading (2010). Lan had two-year financial industrial working experience at Bank of China and participated in consulting and research projects granted by World Bank and British Consulate Guangdong General in China. She also gained teaching experience in the modules of Principle of Finance and Energy Finance during her PhD. Lan research interest is in green finance, sustainable investment, climate policy, and carbon market design. She has published on Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research in carbon market efficiency.
Adrian Gauci is Lecturer in Fashion Management with teaching experience specialising in Fashion Marketing, Leadership, HRM and Strategy at leading universities in New York and London. Adrian published articles in the Journal of International Business and Law and was CEO of the American Marketing Association chapter at Hofstra University in New York. Adrian also attended several academic conferences in the US and UK. He is also certified in public speaking by Toastmasters International. He led consultancies at Merrill Lynch Centre and other enterprise software corporations in New York. Adrian run his own consultancy based in London and New York. Adrian read a dual MBA with distinction in Management and International Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business in New York on full international academic scholarship. Adrian was also awarded a Master in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University and University of Malta. He was ranked on the Dean's list on both courses. Adrian was recently awarded a teaching excellence award from LCF for his MBA teachings and a Teaching Fellow Award from the LSE Management Department. Adrian led business development teams in New York and London and also works in industry consultancy projects. His hobby is portraits photography using analogue and having a drama degree is also acted in several motion pictures for international cinema release.
Helen Beney is a visiting lecturer at LCF. She has spent 30 years in fashion retail with positions as Buying and Design Director for brands in Arcadia, Otto Versand, and Sears. She has also worked as a supply chain management consultant and developed training programmes in business strategy for buying and merchandising teams in brands such as ASOS. Helen was the Fashion Business Programme Director at the London College of Fashion and is currently a doctoral researcher in innovation and sustainable supply chain management at the University of Sussex.
Lois Baile started her career in the late 1980s through a merchandising route leading to UK and International Directorships within major corporate fashion multi-channel retailers. She has extensive experience of planning, trading, allocation and replenishment including change management within businesses to effectively prepare for strategic redirection. Her career started within the Arcadia Group and progressed with BHS, Debenhams, House of Fraser, New Look, First Friday (consulting and training). The last 5 years have been spent abroad working in Italy and Turkey for global retailers Bata, LC Waikiki and Defacto.
Sarah Walls is an associate lecturer and has over eight years of teaching experience in Higher Education, on the Pg. Cert Buying & Merchandising, BA Buying & Merchandising and MBA as well as developing and delivering LCF short courses and masterclasses for industry professionals. She began her buying career after a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile & Knitwear Technology from De Montfort University, with high street giant Topshop. From assistant buyer to head of buying across numerous brands in her career, she has extensive experience in buying and supply chain with specialisms in product/ range development and range building, combined with in-depth experience of trend prediction. Her more recent experience as a partner in a retail consultancy covers a wide spectrum of brands and retailers, from multiple high street brands to privately owned small chains, start-ups and designer boutiques.