This online event is brought to you by the Liverpool City Region and Chamber Low Carbon Circular Economy Clubs and the Liverpool Fashion Summit. Our aim is to raise awareness of the principles of the circular economy by taking an in depth look at the textiles and fashion industries highlighting practical action. Join us and our expert panel who will share their experiences, the challenges, opportunities and collaborations to be gained from moving from a linear extractive to a more circular model.
- Professor Helen Goworek is author and lecturer at University of Durham. Her research explores influences on buying behaviour (in both organisational and consumer contexts) and the relationships between product development and sustainability, particularly with regard to fashion and textiles. She also has several years’ experience in buying and design management for retailers and manufacturers in the UK, in liaison with overseas suppliers.
Helen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she plays an active part within the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) community, both nationally and regionally. She is interested in embedding sustainability within the curriculum within both her teaching and research. Helen is Chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Sustainable and Responsible Business Special Interest Group.
- Jennifer Davies is the co-founder of Nabil Nayal, a high-end fashion company with celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Florence Welsh. Nabil Nayal keeps sustainability at the core of everything they do and is at the frontier of implementation of Circular Economy as well as new technological practises such as 3D printing.
Jennifer is currently undertaking a PhD in Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the fashion industry. Her research focuses on how Supply Chain 4.0 technologies may impact sustainability and help to create new business models in this complex and highly unregulated industry. She also has many years of experience as a Commercial Director, securing and overseeing global strategy and contracts with prestigious luxury retailers, such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Dover Street Market.
- Ross Barry is Director of LMB Textile Recycling and Chair of Recylatex Group placing him at the forefront of garment and textile recycling in the UK. Responsible for collecting and processing textile waste from councils, waste companies, communities and schools Ross will enlighten us on the barriers facing textiles at the ‘end of life’ becoming circular.
- Dr Ashley Holding founded Circular Material Solutions to help companies make the transition to circular business models. He has worked with a range of business from start-ups to medium size business. Alongside his professional work, Ashley has appeared in publications such as Ecotextile News, Fashionista, and Greenbiz as an authority on textile packaging sustainability and recycling.