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4 June 2012

SOURCE Summit Speakers 2013

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum


Please find below an introduction to some of the key speakers at SOURCE Summit 2013.


A snapshot of some of the speakers at SOURCE Summit 2013 can be found below. More speakers to be added shortly.

BARONESS LOLA YOUNG OBE

Keynote speaker

Baroness Lola Young was awarded an OBE in 2001 and appointed a life peer in the House of Lords in 2004. She founded and is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. Baroness Young is an energetic and charismatic champion for sustainable fashion, bringing key challenges to sustainability in the industry to the very heart of government and decision making.

DOLLY JONES: EDITOR OF VOGUE.COM

On the Spotlight Panel

Dolly Jones is the Editor of vogue.com and Executive Editor of Condé Nast Digital. Boasting a monthly average of 1.3 million unique users, Vogue.com is the world’s most influential fashion destination, including up-to-the-minute show coverage from all over the world, behind-the-scenes with the industry’s most famous personalities on VogueTV, and much more. Dolly Jones is a long term advocate for sustainable fashion, and is responsible for raising its profile and growing momentum for the sustainable fashion movement through Vogue.com. She is also responsible for launching ONLINE FASHION WEEK in 2011 and sits on the British Fashion Council.

BRIGITTE STEPPUTIS: HEAD OF COUTURE VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

On the Future Business Panel

Brigitte Stepputis is Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood, and has been a long term supporter for sustainability and fairtrade. Vivienne Westwood has worked in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC, an agency of the UN) Ethical Fashion Africa project since 2009. The ITC project is now creating jobs and livelihoods for over 7000 people, and is a leading example of luxury brands pushing boundaries and creating positive impacts worldwide. Handmade in Nairobi, the Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Africa collection is produced from recycled materials by marginalized communities of women.

MICHAEL BEUTLER, SUSTAINABILITY OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT KERING

On the Future Business Panel

Michael Beutler is the Director of Sustainability Operations at Kering, the French multinational holding company. Michael is responsible for implementing Kering’s Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands’ individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts. Prior to Kering, Michael was the Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy at SAP and worked at international corporations such as DHL, PWC and Ford.

ALICE STREVENS: ETHICAL TRADE MANAGER, ASOS

On the Spotlight Panel

Alice has spent the past 5 years working in ethical trade for ASOS.com. ASOS is the winner of the 2012 SOURCE Retail Leader Award. Alice is now responsible for developing ASOS’ ethical trade strategy, communicating standards and policies to suppliers and working closely with commercial strategy. Alice manages both UK and overseas teams based in key sourcing regions who are responsible for implementing the standards ASOS aims to achieve

JO MURPHY: HEAD OF CSR, TJX EUROPE

In the Sourcing Forum

Jo Murphy is the head of Corporate Social Responsibility at TJX Europe. With more than 3,000 stores in six countries, TJX Companies is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions worldwide. Jo is involved with the TJX Foundations Uganda Community Project in collaboration with Save the Children, which provides educational opportunities in communities that have been severely affected by years of war. This program has helped approximately 10,000 children to access primary schooling in 12 communities.

JANE BLACKLOCK, HEAD OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AT MOTHERCARE

In the Big Business Forum

Jane Blacklock is the Senior Responsible Sourcing Manager, and Acting Head of Corporate Responsibility, for Mothercare. Working in ethical trading for over 6 years, Jane is responsible for designing and implementing Mothercare’s ethical strategy. Jane is also on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative and previously worked at ethical trading consultancy firm Impactt Limited.

BRUNO PIETERS: FOUNDER OF HONEST BY

On the Future Business Panel

Bruno Pieters is a Belgian fashion designer and art director highly regarded for his avant-garde creations. His previous roles include Art director of Hugo by Hugo Boss and Creative Director of the Belgian brand Delvaux, Europe’s oldest leather goods company. Last year, Bruno launched Honest By, the first company in the world to offer price transparency to their customers with complete details of retail mark ups, sources and costs. Pieters is also a winner of several awards, including the Swiss Textile Award in 2006, the Andam Award from the Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in 1997, and the Elle Style Award in 2008.

DALIAH SIMBLE: HEAD OF SOURCING & PRODUCTION AT ROLAND MOURET

On the Future Business Panel

Daliah Simble is Head of Sourcing & Production at Roland Mouret. She has over 20 years experience in the fashion production sector, and previous roles include Consultant Director of Production and Sourcing at Liberty, Production and Development manager at Frost French, Merchandise Manager at French Connection, Head Merchandiser at Nicole Farhi, and Production Manager at Monsoon. Daliah is a dedicated advocate for sustainable sourcing and best practice in the industry.

PAUL WRIGHT: HEAD OF QUALITY AND ETHICAL AT GEORGE AT ASDA

On the Impact Panel

Eight years ago, Paul Wright joined George at ASDA as the head of their Quality and Ethical Teams. Paul has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and has visited factories worldwide. Bought by ASDA in 1995, George rapidly grew to become the largest clothing retailer by volume in the UK today. Paul has played a fundamental role in developing and co-ordinating Asda’s lean manufacturing programme which has had considerable success in raising wages for workers in factories supplying George at Asda.

TAMSIN LEJEUNE: FOUNDER OF THE ETHICAL FASHION FORUM AND SOURCE

Chair of the Future Business Panel and host of the Elements of Success and Market Opportunities Masterclasses

As Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum and SOURCE, Tamsin has worked with hundreds of fashion entrepreneurs and businesses, from start up to established, helping them to integrate sustainability with commercial business goals. Tamsin has spoken and delivered training all over the world and in association with the International Trade Centre, UNCTAD, Commonwealth Foundation, the British Fashion Council, and numerous leading industry events and bodies. Prior to founding the Ethical Fashion Forum, Tamsin founded and ran juste., one of the first design led fairtrade fashion labels (produced in Bangladesh), and co-ordinated the launch of Fashioning an Ethical Industry, which has integrated sustainability into fashion college curricula across the UK. Tamsin grew up in Africa and is passionate about the potential for the fashion industry to transform opportunities for the world’s poorest communities.

AMBER VALLETTA: INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODEL AND ACTRESS

On the Spotlight Panel

Amber Valletta, American supermodel and actress, has joined the sustainable fashion revolution as the face and voice of fashion with a conscience. As a fashion insider she has become increasingly aware of the serious issues facing the business today and the disconnect between the pleasure of buying stylish clothing, and the reality of producing all kinds of fashion. Amber has featured for over 20 years on the covers of leading fashion publications worldwide. She launched Tom Ford’s first Gucci campaign, was the face of Elizabeth Arden, and as an actress has played roles in numerous films, from Hitch to Spy Next Door alongside leading names including Will Smith, Kevin James and Jackie Chan.

LUCY SHEA: CEO OF FUTERRA SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATIONS

Chair of the Spotlight Panel

Lucy Shea

Lucy Shea is CEO of Futerra, the world’s leading sustainability communications agency. The mission of Futerra is to make sustainable development so desirable it becomes normal, and it has worked with over 40 leading global brands including L’Oreal, Unilever and SKY, towards this mission. Lucy Shea also founded the ‘Swishing’ clothes-swapping concept, which has since spawned a global movement.

ORSOLA DE CASTRO: CO-FOUNDER, FROM SOMEWHERE AND ESTETHICA

On the Future Business Panel

Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. In September 2006, Orsola and her partner launched Estethica at London Fashion Week in collaboration with The British Fashion Council, the first-ever official platform showcasing sustainable labels at an International Fashion Week. Esthetica has catalyzed similar initiatives all over the world. In 1997, Orsola started From Somewhere, a revolutionary fashion label that was the first to address the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in recycling. From Somewhere includes up cycled collections for Jigsaw, Robe Di Kappa, Tesco and Speedo.

WARREN KNIGHT: FOUNDER, GLOOPLE

In the Online Sales Masterclass

Warren Knight is the founder of Gloople, the UK’s 1st “Social Sharing” Online Store Builder, designed for Startups and SME’s. With over 20 years’ experience in selling products and services globally, Warren is an international keynote speaker, trainer and author specialising in B2B Social Media and a Social Commerce evangelist. Helping SME’s use Social Media and Digital Commerce to sell and achieve a multi-channel experience to build their brand, drive traffic and better understand customers.

JACKIE ANDREWS UDALL: DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIST

In the Sourcing Forum

Formerly Textile and Fabrics Designer at Stella McCartney, Jackie is a leading consultant in sustainable development for fashion and textiles, and an expert advisor for The Department for International Development. She also developed new guidelines for expanding sustainability within The Gucci Group, reviewing processing methods and the full industrial imprint of the collection. Her work with licensees such as Adidas and Target have inspired a wider take up of organic and recycled fibres. Other previous roles include designer at Karl Lagerfeld and collection buyer at Lanvin.

AMISHA GHADIALI: FOUNDER OF FUTURE FASHION

SOURCE Summit Host

Amisha Ghadiali is the founder of Future Fashion and Think.Act.Vote. Amisha has documented many pioneering entrepreneurs and brands leading the sustainable fashion movement, through interview and film for Future Fashion. With over 10 years of experience in fashion and sustainability, Amisha coordinated the launch of the RE:Fashion Awards, the first awards to recognise excellence in ethical fashion globally. The awards brought together top celebrities and showcased specially designed collections by Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes.

ALEXANDER KASTERINE: HEAD OF THE TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT UNIT, ITC

In the Sourcing Forum

Alexander Kasterine is the Head of the Trade and Environment Unit at the International Trade Centre. ITC is the UN agency dedicated to supporting businesses in developing countries to achieve higher gains from global trade. Alexander runs research and training programs on strengthening sustainable sourcing in the fashion and food sectors in developing countries. He is currently working on sustainable sourcing in the luxury fashion sector.

DR JULIA KILBOURNE: HEAD OF APPAREL AND TEXTILES, ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE

In the Big Business Forum

Dr. Julia Kilbourne is the Head of Apparel & Textiles Category Programme at the Ethical Trading Initiative. The ETI is a ground-breaking alliance of NGOs and trade union organisations committed to working together to identify and promote ethical trade. ETI works in partnership to improve the working lives of poor and vulnerable people across the globe who make or grow consumer goods – everything from tea to T-shirts and from flowers to footballs.

MARY KING: FOUNDER, PANCHACHULI

On the Impact Panel

Mary King is the CEO of Panchachuli, a co-operative based in Northern India supplying woven fabrics and accessories worldwide. Mary has been instrumental in building the global Panchachuli brand name, and has worked with design teams from Timberland, Carrie Parry and Green Baby to create a range of luxury products. The Panchachuli Women Weavers Co-operative currently employs over 700 women in N. India.

RUSSELL SPILLER: DIRECTOR, MANTIS WORLD

On the Impact Panel

Russell Spiller is the Director of Mantis World, winner of the 2012 SOURCE award for Sustainable Production. Mantis World is an ethical clothing manufacturer that offers a range of high quality, fashionable adult, kids and baby garments along with a 100% GOTS certified Organic Cotton range. Working with manufacturing partners in Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Turkey, Mantis World’s Special Production service produces bespoke garments for customers. All factories are audited against social standards such as BSCI and all the fabrics used are Oeko-Tex certified ensuring no harmful dyes or substances are used at any stage of production.

CARRY SOMERS: FOUNDER, PACHACUTI

In the Standards and Auditing Masterclass

Carry Somers is the founder of the award winning fashion-accessories brand Pachacuti. Launched in 1992, Pachacuti is the first company in the world to be certified under the World Fair Trade Organisation Sustainable Fair Trade Management System; the first international certification of a Fair Trade and sustainable production process. Pachacuti was the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2011 Sustainability Category Winner and a finalist in the 2012 SOURCE Awards.

BEN RAMSDEN: FOUNDER OF PANTS TO POVERTY

On the Spotlight Panel

Ben is Founder and CEO of Pants to Poverty, the UK’s leading sustainable underwear brand. Pants to Poverty sells in over 20 countries around the world and supports over 5,000 farmers in India. The company is ground breaking in its business model, marketing, and financing, and has successfully raised several rounds of funding for growth through crowd funding, the “Pants Bond”, and “Pants for Life.” Ben has also built a model for 3D P&L (a system that allows fashion businesses to integrate social and environmental targets at the heart of their business models) due to be launched and made available for use by other businesses in 2014.

CLARE LISSAMAN: DIRECTOR, SOURCE CONSULTANCY

Chair of the Impact Panel and host of the Big Business and Sourcing Forum

B&W

Clare is one of the UK’s foremost experts when it comes to ethical sourcing and supply chains. A trained social and environmental auditor, she has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the challenges of building up sustainable supply chains and the ins and outs of standards and certification. She has worked with businesses across the sector from Tesco to Gap to Marks & Spencer. Alongside this, Clare is on the Steering Group of the Decent Work and Labour Standards Forum, and ran the Hong Kong Asian Conservation Awareness Programme.

CYNDI RHOADES: CEO OF WORN AGAIN

On the Future Business Panel

Cyndi is CEO of Worn Again. Established in 2005, Worn Again is pioneering a closed-loop technology and resource model turning textile waste into new products of higher value. Worn Again’s groundbreaking technology will allow fashion brands and retailers to recycle end of line products into new ranges, with zero waste, and has the potential to transform the industry. Cyndi has worked on a series of groundbreaking upcycling and zero waste projects with companies including Virgin Atlantic, Eurostar, Royal Mail, Virgin Balloon Flights, Marks & Spencer, National Grid and McDonald’s.

BENJAMIN ITTER: CO-FOUNDER OF LEBENSKLEIDUNG

In the Sourcing Forum

Benjamin Itter is the co-founder of Lebenskleidung, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified Textile Agency. Lebenskleidung specializes in environmentally sound and fairly produced organic cotton and silk fabrics for small order quantities. Benjamin is also the executive member of the Consortium of Green Fashion India, a forum dedicated to bring ecological awareness into the textile and fashion industry by facilitating research and promoting Green Fashion.

SOPHIE MATHER: FOUNDER OF BIOV8TION

In the Innovation Masterclass

Sophie Mather is the founder of Biov8tion Ltd, a company working with brands, retailers and suppliers to reduce waste, water and carbon. With over 20 years experience in the industry, Sophie is the inventor of two global patents. She previously led the Global Advanced Material Research for Nike as the Asia Pacific Apparel Innovation Manager.

CATE RUBEINSTEIN, FOUNDER OF MOONSHINED DESIGNS

In the Future Fashion Forum

Cate Rubenstein is the founder of Moonshined Designs, a line of sustainable fine jewelry. Working with ethical suppliers, Moonshined Designs handcraft luxury jewelry using gold karat, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious gems. A portion of all proceeds is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and environmental charities.

CHRISTOPHER STOPES: GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILES STANDARD

In the Standards and Auditing Masterclass

Christopher Stopes is UK Representative of the Global Organic Textile Standards, recognised as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Christopher is also President of the European Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU Group) and works on policy, strategy and supply chain development for government, NGO and business clients. GOTS is a SOURCE founding partner.

TOM SMITH: HEAD OF MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SEDEX

In the Big Business Forum

Sedex, a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible business practices, is the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data. Since joining in 2007, Tom has helped Sedex grow to a team of 40 based in Shanghai, Brussels, London, New York and Santiago with over 28,000 members, including some of the world’s largest brands and retailers, such as, M&S, Tesco, New Look, John Lewis and House of Fraser. Prior to Sedex, Tom worked at Canning House, a Latin American think tank. During his time there he worked in partnership with Al-Invest, an economic co-operation programme which supports the internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America.

SHARI KELLER: DIRECTOR OF MEHERA SHAW TEXTILES

In the Sourcing Forum

Shari Keller is director of the fair trade production unit, Mehera Shaw Textiles and creative director of the sustainable garment label, Mehera Shaw. Specialising in high-end garment production, Mehera Shaw uses wovens in natural fibres and certified organic cotton. Sheri is also a founding member of the Mehera Shaw Foundation Trust, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable artisan development and vertical business.

MERRYN LESLIE: FOUNDER AND BUYER, 69b

On the Spotlight Panel

Merryn Leslie is the founder of 69b, a womenswear boutique showcasing innovative, forward thinking designers and brands committed to contemporary, sustainable fashion. Merryn has styled several TV advertising campaigns including Mitsubishi, Fanta, Polaroid and Adidas and, worked on advertising campaigns for brands such as Kenzo, Sony and Levi’s. She has previously worked as a stylist for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Exit and i-D before deciding to focus her efforts on the ethical sector.

PAUL GRANT: VENTURE CAPITAL EXPERT AND FOUNDER OF THE FUNDING GAME

In the Finance and Investment Masterclass

Paul Grant is an experienced entrepreneur and venture capital expert. Amongst experience founding and setting up his own successful business in 2003, Paul helped to build a network of over 500 business angels at Capital Partners Private Equity Ltd and more recently at BA Capital Ltd, while assisting young businesses with fundraising and coaching. He is also the founder of The Funding Game a seminar series which offers practical guidance and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking capital for early-stage and growing ventures. Paul’s passion is playing a part in helping entrepreneurs launch and run successful businesses.

REBECCA TAYLOR: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, RTW

In the Standards and Auditing Masterclass

Rebecca is the Business Development Manager at Responsible Trade Worldwide, a global ethical and sustainability consultancy and auditing firm. Responsible Trade Worldwide offer unique insight into organisations via worker assessments and metrics, linked to HR practices and working conditions, to deliver transparency throughout the supply chain. Rebecca works with RTW’s in-house technical team, suppliers, retailers and industry experts, to identify frustrations and gaps within the existing auditing processes.

REET AUS: FOUNDER OF TRASH TO TREND AND REET AUS

On the Impact Panel

Pioneering entrepreneur Reet Aus has developed a ground breaking partnership with Beximco, the largest vertically integrated fabric and garment producer in Bangladesh, through which she has researched and implemented the world’s first mass-production solution for upcycling design led fashion.

JAMIE DEVLIN: HEAD OF CLIENT SERVICES, GREENSTONE

In the Standards and Auditing Masterclass

Jamie is Head of Client Services at Greenstone. SupplierPortal, created by Greenstone, is a user-friendly online responsible sourcing solution for suppliers, brands and retailers to improve transparency and reduce risk efficiently. It covers environmental, labour, health and safety, anti-bribery and corruption information. Formerly a business consultant with Hedra and Accenture, Jamie works with clients to develop responsible sourcing strategies worldwide.

SANDY BLACK: PROFESSOR OF FASHION & TEXTILE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, LCF

In the Media and Consumer Forum

Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion & Textile Design & Technology at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. She researches, writes and lectures on the intersections of fashion and textile design with emerging technology and science, in the context of sustainability. She is the author of a number of books including Eco Chic the Fashion Paradox, one of the first books published on fashion and sustainability, and The Sustainable Fashion Handbook, a book scoping the wide range of approaches to the topic.

LIZ PARKER: DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION EXPERT

Host of the Next Generation Forum

A commitment to social and environmental justice underpins Liz Parker’s work as a freelance researcher, consultant, facilitator and educator. For over a decade, the focus of her work has been corporate practices, supply chains, labour and environmental standards and international trade policy in the garment and agriculture sectors. Between 2006 and 2010 she was joint project coordinator of Fashioning an Ethical Industry, a project of Labour Behind the Label, that supports the integration of workers’ rights issues into fashion education.

SHAMINI DHANA, CEO DHANA ECOKIDS

In the Future Fashion Forum

Shamini is the Founder and CEO of Dhana Ecokids a lifestyle eco-brand for kids, made using only 100% certified organic cotton and carcinogen-free, eco-friendly dyes. The company’s current collection, We’re Wearin’ the World™! celebrates the affinity children share with nature.

MAHER ANJUM, UK COORDINATOR OF BANGLADESH BRAND FORUM

On the Impact Panel

Maher Anjum is the Director of Anjum-James Associates Ltd. and the UK Coordinator of the Bangladesh Brand Forum. She coordinates actions, research and strategy to encourage and assist businesses to invest in Bangladesh. Maher recently organized the Oitij-jo Festival, showcasing UK’s creative talents from the Bangladeshi community celebrating the spirit and innovation of design, fashion and culture.


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