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NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards 2013 Judges Announced27 February 2013
We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the NatWest UKFT Awards 2013.
Entries are free and the deadline of March 15 is fast approaching, for more details and information please visit the entry page here.
Simon Berwin, Chairman of Judging Committee, Deputy Chairman, UKFT, Managing Director, Berwin & Berwin Ltd
As well as being Managing Director of Berwin & Berwin, which imports circa 700,000 suits per year to the UK market, Simon is Managing Director of Baeumler Fashion, the German based suit company, and is Director of Berwin Retail, which has concessions in House of Fraser.
He has been involved with UKFT and BCIA for over 30 years. His initial involvement was with BKCEC and then following his time as Director of IMBEX, he represented the industry as Chairman of Premier Menswear. At that time he ran the Student Menswear Designer Awards in conjunction with major retailers. More recently, he has been a Director of UKFT with a particular brief overseeing Marketing.
Maurice Mullen, Head of Fashion & Luxury Goods, Evening Standard
Although a barrister by training, Maurice’s media career began in 1986 with a two year stint at B2B publisher Haymarket before moving to work with renowned Editor Glenda Bailey on the launch of the UK Edition of ‘Marie Claire’.
Seven years at the London Evening Standard and its supplement ‘ES’ Magazine followed before his next move to a group commercial role on ‘Elle’ Magazine, ‘Elle Decoration’ and ‘Red’.
He subsequently returned to the Standard in 1999 as Head of Fashion and Luxury Goods and this same year saw him invited to join the British Fashion Council on whose advisory board he still sits.
Maurice is a founder member of the UK chapter of Fashion Group International and an official ambassador to London Jewellery Week. He is also an occasional contributor to the M.A. Fashion course at the Royal College of Art.
Jessica Bumpus, Fashion Features Editor, Vogue UK
Jessica studied at the London College of Fashion where she completed the BA (Hons) in Fashion Promotion. She started her career at Brides Magazine as a fashion assistant and was part of the team that launched StyleFinder. Jessica joined Conde Nast in 2007 and is now the editor of fashion features for Vogue UK, one of the biggest advocates of great British Fashion. For the last two years Jessica has also been on the judging panel for the Observer Ethical Awards.
Caroline Nodder, Editor-in-Chief, Drapers
Caroline Nodder is the current Editor-in-Chief of fashion industry bible Drapers, where she oversees a team of 14 journalists covering the fashion business for the weekly business magazine and website. With a background in business journalism, government relations and PR, she has covered sectors including licensed retail and travel as well as lobbying on a number of key issues. She joined Drapers in 2011 from her previous role as Editor of The Publican, a publication for the pub business, and has since, among other things, overseen a major redesign of the magazine in 2012 to celebrate its 125th anniversary. She chairs high level judging for four Drapers awards programmes recognising excellence in the fashion business across all categories.
John Walsh, Chairman & Managing Director, Abraham Moon
John Walsh is the Chairman andManaging Director of Abraham Moon & Sons, based in Yorkshire. Thecompany is a vertical woollen manufacturer producing fabrics for fashion and the home underthetwin brands of “Moon” and“Bronte”. Due to increased demand for British design and quality the company has expanded significantly in recent years, selling to some forty countries worldwide. Customers include Ralph Lauren, D&G, Moncler, Balenciaga, Burberry and Paul Smith. John has a business degree from Manchester University and spent the early part of his working life with Courtaulds. He spent six years as non-exec Chairman of the British Wool Textile Export Corporation, the tradeorganisationformed for the marketing of British wool products overseas.
Jackie Hay, Executive Director Menswear and Childrenswear, House Of Fraser
Jackie Hay joined House of Fraser in 2005 as a Buying Manager in Menswear and Childrenswear and in October 2012 was promoted to Executive Director of that division. As well as working for a variety of the UK’s most prominent retailers Jackie has also held posts in the world of Brand Consultancy, PR and Marketing.
Terry Mansfield CBE, Consultant, Hearst Corporation
Terry Mansfield CBE has spent his whole career in the media business, mainly with The Hearst Corporation and was the first non-American to join the Hearst Board of Directors and has had experience of communications on both sides of the Atlantic. When he retired from being the Chief Executive of The National Magazine Company - the British subsidiary of Hearst US - Terry became involved in many projects and still is - he firmly believes in giving time to tomorrow's talent in the creative industries. Terry has been involved with MOBO music awards as its Chairman for 3 years. For 7 years he was the Chairman of Graduate Fashion and worked with Universities to build international licences in China, India and Thailand. Terry has been a Judge of several major fashion events - UKFT, Drapers, WGSN and is a Chair for Fashion Monitor Awards later in the year.
Heather Melville Regional Director, International Trade, London & South East, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Heather heads up the RBS International Trade Consultancy for the SME market across London & the South East. Her key responsibilities are to deliver a range of bespoke financial instruments through a team of qualified specialists to the evolving international needs of the SME client base. A graduate of the IBM business school, together with a wealth of international experience secured over a 33 year career in the world of finance, with the last 6 years primarily focused on the SME client base, positions her in a strong place to lead this business. Heather is also the founder and Global Chair of the RBS women's network and sits on a number of internal and external diversity boards. In 2010, Heather was awarded the prestigious Women in Banking and FinanceAward for Achievementunder the category of Champion for Women. In October 2012, she travelled to Washington D.C. to receive a World of Difference 100 Award from The International Alliance for Women, recognising her as one of the top 100 women worldwide who have made a difference to the economic empowerment of women.