Rise Committee

The Rise committee is made up of entrepreneurs and fashion professionals that 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