The Rise committee is made up of entrepreneurs and fashion professionals who are dedicated to helping small and new fashion brands succeed.
Chairman - Patrick Dudley-Williams
Specialism: Branding & Design / Physical Retail & PopUps / Business Strategy / E-commerce
CV Snapshot - Founder & Creative Director of Reef Knots / Senior VP at Morgan Stanley & Citigroup
Motivation - “RISE helped me through the journey of starting and growing my company. I understand the challenges involved and I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurs.”
Committee - Virginia Grose
Specialism - Production / Education
CV Snapshot - Principal Lecturer and Course Leader MA Fashion Business Management at University of Westminster / Design Executive & Product Developer at Courtaulds Textiles
Motivation - "Education is a passion for me! I believe in passing on my 30 years of knowledge in fashion to help others who are up and coming in the industry."
Committee - Tom Grafton
Specialism: Start-ups/ Growth & Strategy / Investment/ Youth Market
CV Snapshot - Founded 1st business at University/ PE & VC & Family Office Advisor/ Founder Of The Future/ Founder of the Student High Street Group.
Motivation - 'Seeing young entrepreneurs realising and then achieving their full potential'.
Committee - Henry Hales
Specialism: Start-ups/ Growth & Strategy / Sourcing / Sales
CV Snapshot - Founder of Sir Plus Clothing
Motivation - 'Helping young entrepreneurs achieve and enjoy the success I've had in my business'.
Mentor - Belinda Dickson OBE
Specialism - Enterprise / Brand / Textiles / Fashion
CV Snapshot - Owner & Founder at Belinda Robertson & BJD Design Ltd / Designer of the Year – Scottish Style Awards 2002 / OBE for services to the textile industry – 2001 / Entrepreneur of the Year – 2000 / Scottish Businesswomen of the Year – 1999
Marvin Brooks Jnr
Specialism - Brand and Marketing Strategy/ Digital Employee Advocacy/ Retail Management/ Fashion Business Lecturing
CV Snapshot - MBA and MA Fashion Business Management graduate from University of Westminster/Fashion Lecturer At Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising/Loro Piana Brand Manager at Neiman Marcus
Motivation - "I am excited to join Rise after completing my MBA to support entrepreneurs and share my past experiences in retail management, trend forecasting, and fashion marketing education."