Senior Lecturer (Fashion Business)
A highly motivated, hardworking and student focused individual who is committed to empowering learners to excel. An individual with the ability to communicate effectively who enjoys working collaboratively with the aptitude to embrace change as well as new opportunities and challenges within a proactive manner. An individual comfortable in teach a series of discipline in a structured and often non-conventional way, who strives to instill excellence within all his leaners in fun and informal manner.
Academic and professional qualifications
Having worked in a series of environments in fashion and finance (Jaeger, NTL, KD Grammar School, ATL), I started working within the university on a multi-million pound project within the Manchester Fashion Institute, which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project was envisaged to help stimulate growth within the fashion and apparel industry in the North West of England. Within the project I undertook series of duties simultaneously which included providing consultancy on basic business management and health and safety legislation to small and medium sized business enterprises. The role I performed as the ‘Financial Officer’ on the project entailed scrutinising all expenditure, submitting quarterly financial reports, monitoring all targets, ensuring transparent audit trails on all businesses and adhering to procedures akin to stringent European directives which were updated constantly.
As well as the ERDF duties I performed within the department, I also undertook a series of additional responsibilities, which included being the initial point of contact for all project work, managing the administration and finance of short courses for our industrial collaborators as well as assisting students/staff in all aspects of industrial placements and SME's on Office set-up and Health and Safety issues.
The cessation of the project resulted in the opportunity to work with students on industrial placements on a greater scale and to teach undergraduates in series of areas, which included financial management, statistical analysis and fashion business management. I found teaching to be an extremely rewarding career and subsequently began to teach on a full-time basis and pursued an Post Graduate and Masters qualification in the area ‘Academic Practice’ which has resulted in actively seeking new ways in which to modify my practice in order to make it more enriching for my students.
Registrar and Bursar - KD Grammar School for Boy
2001 – 2002
As the bursar I was responsible for allocating budgets, scrutinising/ forecasting all expenditure, submitting monthly reports, processing monthly salaries and ensuring all financial matter were resolved in an efficient manner. As the registrar I would scrutinise all entry examination papers, register students to undertake GCSE examinations and ensure the compliance of standards were akin to all government and education authority procedures.
Graduate Recruitment Programme (Managerial Stream) - NTL
Jan 2000 – Jan 2001
Originally employed as graduate trainee the merger from Cable and Wireless with NTL led to me to work in a series of departments which included the 'inbound call team' 'the outbound team' and then within 'digital despatch' these roles required me to use a series of systems simultaneously in order to provide technical support for various stakeholders and to gain an insight in to the myriad of managerial activities within NTL, in an attempt to uncover areas of good practice and create some unity and parity between systems and other internal departments.
Assistant Visual Merchandiser and Weekend Manager - Jaeger
Sep 1998 – Jan 2000
In this position I was in charge of all menswear apparel, sales and merchandising. This position required me to undertake regular training in Jaegers head office in Broadwick Street (London) as well as all general retail duties and was beneficial as it enabled me to experiment with the merchandising of mens apparel and develop the managerial competence to be in charge of all activities on weekends and in cases of managerial absences.
Volunteer - Myriad Apr 2016 – To Date Within the "Soup and Smiles" division which has been in operation for in excess of three years, food is provided twodays a week to the homeless in and around Manchester from outside of Manchester
Cathedral. This initiative has now moved to Oldham Street within government-sponsored offices in which a sit down service is now offered.
Academic service (administration and management)
European Regional Development Fund - Finance Officer - Manchester Metropolitan University
Jan 2002 – Dec 2005 Within the ‘Centre of International Fashion Design and Technology’ this position I was in charge of monitoring targets, submitting/writing quarterly reports and overseeing the £4.5m project akin to the stringent financial objectives of the European Regional Developments Fund (ERDF). The European initiative was envisaged to help stimulate growth within the fashion and apparel industry situated within the North West via providing support and consultancy for small and medium business enterprises as required. As well as overseeing all areas of finance, I provided support for businesses on area of business start-up, office management and areas of health and safety.
BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising
BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying
BSc (Hons) International Fashion Management
FdSc International Fashion Management
MA Fashion Buying Merchandising - Project Manegment and Human Resource Management
Community, charity and NGO links
As part of the Myriad homeless outreach programme “Soup N’ Smiles” my remit includes providing service users with meals on Wednesday evening within Manchesyer Town centre and collecting food for the four food banks the programme offers.
Prizes and awards
- MA - Academic Practice
- Post Grad - Academic Practice
- BA (Hons) - Business and Enterprise
- Nominated – Unsung Hero
- Nominated – Outstanding Student Support
- Won - Unit Leader Award
- Won – Teaching Award 2013 Best Supervisor
- Nominated – Outstanding Innovation in Teaching
- Nominated – Teaching Awards 2013 for Best Teacher
- Nominated – Teaching Awards 2013 for Best Personal Tutor
- Shortlisted – Teaching Awards 2012 for Best Teacher
- Nominated – Impact on Employability
- Nominated – Best Personal Tutor
Membership of professional associations
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
WHO AM I
Within my postgraduate qualification, my focus was on areas of student engagement and attendance in an attempt to develop a strategy that could serve to enhance student learning within the MMU. The key issues uncovered related to how individualisation in terms of massive student numbers in the confines of a more business orientated environment is having a dynamic impact on the role of the academic, student and indeed the University. Within my Master’s dissertation the focus of my research enquiry was on how instrumental an academic could be on facilitating student attendance.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG
9 AM - 6 PM