Meet the team

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Prof. Dilys Williams – Director of CSF, and Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability

Dilys is the Founder and Director of CSF, and Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability. A designer by education and profession, a researcher and fashion educator, her experience includes designing with Katharine Hamnett and for Liberty. Her research interests relate to sustainability through fashion’s participatory and educational practices, her most important project being CSF itself.

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Research –

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Prof. Sandy Black – Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology

As Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology, Sandy was trained as a knitwear designer before moving into academia. She founded the innovative multi-disciplinary MA programme in Fashion Studies at LCF. Sandy’s current research focus is on the intersection of design, entrepreneurship and technology within a sustainability context. Sandy co-edits the Fashion Practice journal.

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Prof. Helen Storey MBE, RDI – Professor of Fashion and Science

As Professor of Fashion and Science, Helen graduated in Fashion from Kingston before working with Valentino and launching her own label. Helen has an intense curiosity in developing cross art and science collaborations and her current focus is on exploring various realities of life in a refugee camp in relation to building sustainable livelihoods.

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Dr. Francesco Mazzarella – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

As Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, sponsored by the Sheepdrove Trust, Francesco explores ways in which design activism can create counter-narratives towards sustainability in fashion. He completed his PhD in ‘Crafting Situated Services: Meaningful Design for Social Innovation with Textile Artisan Communities’ at Loughborough Design School, funded by the AHRC Design Star CDT. Francesco is the CSF representative for the LCF Change Network and teaches in a number of courses across LCF.

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Prof. Kate Fletcher – Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion

As Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion, Kate achieved one of the first PhDs in fashion, textiles and sustainability a our sister college, CCW. Kate has written extensively on the topic of fashion and sustainability and is the author of the seminal book Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys. Her research interests focus on fashion’s use and localism.

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Prof. Lucy Orta – Professor of Art in the Environment

As Professor of Art in the Environment, Lucy’s practice draws upon ecological and social issues, realized through diverse media and performance forms. Building on her background as a textile designer, Lucy’s current work explores migration, climate change, and resource scarcity through the medium of art practice. Lucy also co-directs Studio Orta with her husband, Jorge.

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Mila Burcikova – Post Doc Researcher

Mila is a designer-maker and researcher with interests in craft, activism, and socially responsible design. She is the Post Doc Researcher on the AHRC funded Fostering Sustainable Practices project. Her PhD research at the Centre for Fashion and Costume Thinking, University of Huddersfield examines how the concept of emotionally durable design can improve user experience of clothing. Mila has recently guest-edited the special issue of the journal Utopian Studies (Penn State University Press) on Utopia and Fashion.

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Knowledge Exchange –

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Sarah Needham – Knowledge Exchange Manager

Sarah is the Knowledge Exchange Manager, her expertise lies in leading sustainability initiatives at Alexander McQueen and in creative roles in small businesses. An alumni of the MA Fashion Futures, Sarah’s background is in knitwear design.

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Monica Buchan-Ng – Knowledge Exchange Administrator

Monica’s role as the CSF Knowledge Exchange Administrator, involves engaging in co-created sustainability projects with CSF team members and industry partners. Her background involves study and practice in far flung places, in an interdisciplinary mix of socially engaged art, design, and sustainable fashion, led by a fascination with economics.

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Renée Cuoco – CSF Associate

Renée is a CSF Associate. Educated in law and fashion, she connects creative practice with theoretical concepts, working on a range of projects with CSF members, alongside her role at Rejina Pyo. Previously, Renee’s role at CSF saw her leading its Knowledge Exchange work, as well as managing research and education projects.

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Yanina Aubrey – Knowledge Exchange Pathway Leader

Yanina is a strategist, social entrepreneur, senior researcher and experienced project leader with a passion for design, sustainability and creative innovation. Yanina has developed and led on various knowledge exchange projects at CSF and UAL and is currently CSF’s Knowledge Exchange Pathway Leader, a new academic role with responsibility for the development of CSF’s Knowledge Exchange Strategic Framework, and the delivery of KE academic outputs.

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Education –

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Nina Stevenson – Education for Sustainability Leader

Now in the role of Education for Sustainability Leader, Nina worked with Dilys to set up the centre and now leads its education team, working within the colleagues across the university and on projects with international partners. A linguist by education, Nina’s current work explores fashion education for sustainability as a vital contributor to change.

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Gabrielle Miller – Education for Sustainability Assistant & Project Coordinator

Gabrielle works as part of CSF’s education team, where she assists on curriculum development and contributes to research projects and student experience at UAL, exploring and delivering nuanced teaching and co-created learning experiences across BA and MA level, for both online and offline education. Educated in fashion and textiles at LCF, she brings expertise drawn from her design experience in top fashion houses Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Burberry. Gabrielle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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Julia Crew – Design School Associate

As Design School Associate, Julia is a graduate of the first cohort of the MA Fashion and the Environment (now MA Fashion Futures) course. Julia is a Lecturer in Fashion and Sustainability within the School of Design and Technology at LCF and is the co-founder of the fair-trade knitwear and accessories brand Here Today Here Tomorrow.

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Project Coordination –

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Zoe Norton – Project Manager

As Project Manager for AHRC funded Fostering Sustainable Practices, Zoe works with a range of cross-disciplinary partners. Zoe is a textile designer with an MA in Textile Design from our sister college, Chelsea. She manages projects through creative, analytical and team nurturing skills.

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Anna Fitzpatrick – Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator at CSF, Anna explores and expands ways in which our objectives can be realized. Educated firstly in Politics before taking an MA from LCF in the History and Culture of Fashion, Anna critically considers CSF’s values and intentions and looks for ways for them to be applied to our work and in our working practices.

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Camilla Palestra – Associate Curator

As Associate Curator, Camilla works on exhibitions, artists residencies, art and design commissions, including Rainer Ganahl’s solo exhibition for the Fashion Space Gallery, and the ongoing AER Art for the Environment International Residency Programme. Her interests are in artistic practices that reflect on aspects of our contemporary society. Camilla holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the RCA and is a member of the International Association for Visual Culture.

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Mina Jugovic – Centre Director’s Administrator

A fashion designer by training, having studied at LCF, Mina is the Centre Director’s Administrator. Mina assists Dilys across a range of activities and explores ways in which her own work can support her commitment to animal rights activist.

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Strategy –

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Naomi Bulliard – Strategic Development Manager

As our Strategic Development Manager, Naomi oversees the development and delivery of the strategy and related activities across the three core areas of the Centre: Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange with industry. A multilingual educator and Kaospilot facilitator, she has over ten years’ experience in developing and delivering international multi-partner projects and collaborations. Naomi’s interest lies at the crossroads of diversity and sustainability.

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Katy Barker – Centre Coordinator

As Centre Coordinator, Katy works with CSF team members to connect and cross reference projects and practices. Katy graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Human Geography which she combines with expertise in managing large scale international events and connecting businesses and communities to build resilience.

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Megan St Clair Morgan – Digital Content Officer

As Digital Content Officer, Megan works with the CSF team to connect and share the team’s projects and practices to reach a wider audience. Megan graduated from London College of Fashion in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Illustration, continuing to work in visual media as an illustrator which in turn complements her work in digital content.