Whistles CEO appointed Honorary Professor of GCU London

31 October 2014

Whistles CEO appointed Honorary Professor of GCU London

Ms Shepherdson will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed an Honorary Professor of GCU

GCU London will honour Jane Shepherdson MBE, CEO of premium retailer Whistles, at its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, November 5.

Ms Shepherdson will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed an Honorary Professor of GCU in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry.

The University will also present Douglas Dawson, Chief Operating Officer of Caparo Group, with an Alumni Achievement Award.

They will join graduands from GCU’s three academic schools at the ceremony in Christ Church, Spitalfields.

Director of the British School of Fashion and GCU Assistant Vice-Principal Professor Christopher Moore said: "Jane Shepherdson is an outstanding leader and a creative force within the British fashion industry. GCU is delighted to honour Jane and to welcome her to our honorary Professoriate."

Ms Shepherdson is a champion of ethical and sustainable fashion. Awarded an MBE for services to fashion retail in 2006, she is a Creative Advisor for Oxfam and has been a Brand Director of Topshop and a Non-Executive Director at Peopletree Fair Trade Fashion.

She joins previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ; Ray Kelvin, founder of Ted Baker; Ian Grabiner, CEO of Arcadia; and Derek Lovelock, Chairman of Karen Millen, Oasis and Warehouse.Jane Shepherdson said: "I am so delighted and honoured to have even been considered for this award". 

GCU London is a professional postgraduate campus of GCU, situated on Fashion Street in Spitafields. The campus offers a range of MBA and MSc courses, including International Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Marketing, Banking and Finance, Risk Management, International Human Resource Management and Construction Management. In 2013, GCU London launched The British School of Fashion, a creative educational business hub set to produce the fashion industry leaders of tomorrow.

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