Department of Fashion academic staff

All our fashion courses have a strong record of student industry placements, are internationally renowned, award-winning, and hold a steadfast reputation in the fashion industry.

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Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Professor Lawrence Zeegen 

Dean of the School of Design

Professor Lawrence Zeegen is Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in Communication and Product Design, Architecture and Fashion.

Lawrence has lectured at conferences and institutions and acted as a design education consultant nationally and internationally – across 20+ countries, at last count. Having practiced as an illustrator since graduation with BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts (1st class) from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1989; Lawrence’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Lawrence was a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper between 2005 and 2010.

Lawrence was a founding partner of London-based illustration studio Big Orange, was a founding director of Heart – one of the UK’s foremost contemporary illustration agencies, then launching AgencyRush before departing to take a more active role in design education.

As a design writer, Lawrence has contributed to numerous publications and blogs including Computer Arts, Computer Arts Projects, Creative Review, Digital Creative Arts, Grafik, It’s Nice That, MacFormat and Varoom. The author of nine published books on the subject of illustration and graphic arts since 2005 and a contributor to many more, Zeegen's latest books, Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King) was published in 2014 and Ladybird by Design (Penguin) in 2015.

Lawrence is a trustee of D&AD, a Trustee of the De Le Warr Pavilion and a member of the Design Council Sounding Board. In 2011 Lawrence was appointed to the Executive Board of ico-D (icograda) - the International Council of Design and reappointed in 2013.


 Lawrence Zeegan Work 50 Years

Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King).
Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. 2014

 Lawrence Zeegan Work Ladybird

Ladybird by Design (Ladybird / Penguin).
Lawrence Zeegen. 2015

Caroline Gilbey

Caroline Gilbey MA Hons (Edin) SFHEA

Associate Dean: Department of Fashion

Caroline completed her MA (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh with a year at the prestigious Ivy League member, University of Pennsylvania (Penn). A career in fashion buying with global sourcing responsibilities for international markets, led to invitations to teach fashion business, sourcing, buying, brand management, merchandising and marketing to students of the creative industries.

Experience in course development, lecturing and industry liaison for the University of Portsmouth at BCOT, the University of Surrey and The Surrey Institute, led to Caroline taking up a permanent position as Final Year Pathway Leader on BA Hons Fashion at the University for the Creative Arts. In 2007 she launched a new honours degree in Fashion Management & Marketing. This proved to be the fastest growing course at the University for the Creative Arts with 98% and 96% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2012 and 2013 respectively making it the top ‘student accredited’ course of it’s genre within the UK.

A range of student development initiatives, innovative teaching and learning strategies, overseas recruitment activities and study abroad opportunities cemented her experience in running high quality ‘student centric’, industry focused courses.

Her success in the management of quality assurance procedures has led to invitations to sit on a range of external and internal validation panels and Quality Enhancement Committees. Caroline was a member of the highly successful, Fashioning an Ethical Industry (FEI) Steering Group from 2007-2010 and is currently the External Examiner for Istituto Marangoni in Paris and London. In 2013 she was awarded accreditation as a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy and joined Ravensbourne as Academic Development Manager for the Fashion Cluster the same year. She has additional responsibilities for partnerships and international development. 

Neil Adams

Neil Adams 

Senior lecturer: Fashion

Neil is a menswear designer with 20 years varied experience working within the fashion industry.

He launched his eponymous label upon graduation and in 1999 he showed at Mens Fashion week and prestigious Pitti Uomo, Italy. The label sold worldwide and stockists included Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Barneys, Colette Paris with press featured in i-D, The Face, Dazed, GQ, Vogue.

Consulting on various brands both as a designer and also as a creative adviser, Neil has worked with both established and start-up labels on branding, visual identity and promotion through to prototyping and production.

Neil is an experienced and highly respected senior lecturer on the MA Fashion programme at Kingston University and will now work as a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) in Fashion at Ravensbourne.

Anne Brennan

Anne Brennan 

Senior lecturer: BA (Hons) Fashion

The first ten years of her career after university were spent working as a womenswear designer for a number of suppliers to high street. This was great experience as she not only designed the garments and cut the patterns, but learnt about every aspect of the fashion industry, from fitting to grading to production methods.

In 1992 she studied for a masters degree at Central St Martins’, to further develop her creativity and steer herself towards a more creative career path. She launched her own label, was awarded New Gen, and sold her collections to small boutiques. At about the same time, she worked successfully as a freelance pattern cutter for designer level companies, such as Clements Ribeiro, Eley Kishimoto, Ashley Isham and Betty Jackson, as well as for Jigsaw and French Connection.

By 2006 while working as a freelance cutter, she was invited to teach pattern cutting part-time at Ravensbourne. She discovered she really enjoyed teaching and at the beginning of 2010, took a full-time job at Nottingham Trent University, where she had studied for her BA. For the past five years she been teaching design and creative pattern cutting at NTU, and gained the PGCHE teaching qualification.

Kate Cameron Reid

Kate Cameron Reid 

Senior lecturer: Fashion pattern cutting specialist

Kate studied at Central Saint Martins, and has had varied industry experience for thirteen years. She specialises in pattern cutting, 3D realisation and garment technology.

Kate initiated her career at Gieves & Hawkes, Savile Row, practicing bespoke handcrafted cutting, fitting and tailoring techniques. She has been awarded the British Fashion Council Creative Pattern Cutting Award. In recent years, Kate has worked for London based designers, utilising current CAD/CAM systems and has extensive knowledge of production and manufacturing processes overseas and in the UK.

Julia Crew

Julia Crew 

Course leader: Fashion Accessories Design and Prototyping

Julia studied accessories design at the London College of Fashion, and went on to achieve a distinction on the inaugural year of MA Fashion and Environment at the same university. Following this in 2010 she was the co-founder of the award-winning fashion boutique and fair trade brand Here Today Here Tomorrow, where she continues as designer and co-director.

With approaching ten years experience in the industry as an accessories designer and maker, Julia has worked for brands including Gola Classics, Ally Capellino, Luella Bartley and Susannah Hunter. She has specialist knowledge of the fashion accessory and artefact design process from market, competitor and consumer research, initial design development and range planning through to final design specification. She has expertise in pattern cutting, prototyping and constructing 3D designs into high quality finished products. She has also managed overseas production for collections and has experience sourcing materials, components and trims for manufacture.

Julia has worked for several years in higher education both in teaching roles and as a researcher, working on high profile industry projects including partnerships with the United Nations and Kering. Her passion lies in supporting students to push themselves to achieve the best they can both creatively and academically throughout their studies.

Andrew Fionda

Andrew Fionda 

Associate senior lecturer: Fashion

Andrew’s career in fashion started at Nottingham Trent after which he undertook his masters at the Royal College from 1988-1990. While Andrew has many accolades to his credit, he is perhaps best known for his part in the launch of highly-acclaimed fashion label Pearce Fionda in 1994 with friend and business partner Reynold Pearce.

Their distinctive design handwriting “structured tailored, monochrome, bias and assymetric” led to widespread critical acclaim and recognition. The pair scooped many design awards including the Newcomers Award for Export in 1994, the New Generation Award at the Lloyds Bank British Fashion Awards in 1995, The International Apparel Federation (IAF) World Young Designers Award in 1996 and the Glamour Award at the Lloyds Bank British Fashion Awards in 1997. Their most memorable accolade was being nominated for British Designer of the Year in 1996 alongside Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

The label was stocked by top fashion houses Liberty and Harvey Nichols as well as prestigious top international retailers while their designs have featured in a range of glossy magazines from Harpers & Queen to Tatler.

Andrew has taken an active interest in teaching and inspiring students throughout his career including a period at Brighton University, Manchester Metropolitan and more recently Northbrook. Andrew is now able to enjoy managing the Pearce Fionda diffusion label Pearce11 Fionda while imparting his amazing experience and knowledge to future young British designers.

Carla Frith

Carla Frith 

Course leader: BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management

Carla has worked in some of the fashion industry’s leading brands, most recently as a buying manager at COS. Directing and managing a team of buyers, designers and merchandisers to create forward thinking collections, she has played a key role in the success and growth of this rapidly expanding global brand.

The ability to balance commercial demands with design integrity has been an integral part of Carla’s career in fashion. She also has special expertise in the development of innovative materials, quality management and sustainable production.

Carla previously held buying positions in fast fashion international retailer Topshop and British heritage brand Jaeger, London. Before embarking on her ten year career in the fashion industry, Carla graduated with 1st class honours in BA Fashion Marketing and Communication at Nottingham.

Gurmit Matharu

Gurmit Matharu MA (RCA)

Course leader: BA (Hons) Fashion


Trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Gurmit has imbibed a creative and commercial aesthetic to both his professional practice and academic delivery. His practice has a core philosophy of innovation, research and collaboration across various design disciplines. This process allows Gurmit to portray a creative and defined ideal in which to present his commitment to conceptual and bespoke design. As well as a designer and academic, Gurmit is a published writer and has exhibited at the Candid Art Gallery (London) and The Space Gallery – Tea Building (London). 

Alexa Pollmann

Alexa Pollmann 

Subject leader: MA/MSC Wearable Futures + BA (Hons) Fashion Accessories Design and Prototyping


Originally trained as a fashion designer, Alexa Pollmann has worked in various fields of the fashion-industry. She went on and graduated with an MA from Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art where she started PEUT-PORTER as a fashion-fiction platform and label. Her work has received various distinctions and lastly, she worked within Burberry’s Creative Media Department. Next to her work as a design consultant, she also delivers workshops, holds talks and researches fashion as a form of storytelling and as an interface for communication.

Her approach is cross-disciplinary as she works with various media such as film, performance, illustration and textiles. As part of her practice, she creates garment-hybrids and characters which become actors in speculative scenarios, using them to discuss and describe alternative futures, cultural trends and the social impacts of technology. She is also Designer in Residence at the Design Museum.


Project -Indivicracy -Alex -Pollman 

Project: Indivicracy

The design-fiction Indivicracy rethinks democracy and suggests an alternative form of government. As globalisation fosters an increase of migratory existence worldwide, the project depicts a community that has forged a non-territorial statehood with legal rights and representatives similar to the ones appearing in settled societies. 

25 August 2015: Exhibition at the Design Museum London

Project --Related -to -Air -Alexa -Pollman

Project: Related to Air

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"If we are about to understand air as a commercial substance, will we raise questions like ‘who owns the air?" - Alexa Pollman

Project --Tickle -&-Stop -Laugh -(in -collab -with -Henrik -Nieratschker -&-Kathryn -Fleming Alexa Pollman) 

Project: Tickle & Stop Laugh

A tickling machine, using a feather to tickle your foot – and a machine that stops you from laughing as it squeezes your cheeks the more you laugh – are set up together. The two tools comment on the disparity of the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ in collaboration with Henrik Nieratschker & Kathryn Fleming.