Hilary AlexanderFASHION JOURNALIST & INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
"I'm not really a minimalist," one of the most important modern fashion journalists says of herself. And seeing her at the fashion shows, it's not difficult to believe her: her printed skirts, ethnic jewellery, headgear, glasses and mahogany bob have become Hilary Alexander's trademarks. Hilary was born in New Zealand, where she went to art and design night school, and got into fashion by chance. Her first job was for the Hong Kong Development Council. After a trip to China in 1969, she became Fashion Editor for the China Mail. In 1982, she moved to London, where three years later she became Fashion Editor of the prestigious Daily Telegraph, becoming editor of the fashion section mid-way through the 90s. Hilary often lends her fashion expertise on television with her most recent project, 'Britain's Next Top Model' airing on Lifetime TV.
Twice named British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. She is a valued judge for the Scottish Fashion Awards, Graduate Fashion Week, the Bright Young Gems at International Jewellery London, and a member of the British Fashion Council's management and press committees.
Adding to her numerous accolades, Hilary received the Eugenia Sheppard Award for journalism from the CFDA. Alongside Suzy Mendes, she is one of the symbols of British fashion journalism.
HEAD OF FASHION & LUXURY GOODS - LONDON EVENING STANDARD & ES MAGAZINE
Although a barrister by training, Maurice's media career began in 1986 with a two-year stint at B2B publisher Haymarket before moving to his first consumer magazine job working with renowned Editor Glenda Bailey on the launch of the UK Edition of 'Marie Claire'.
Seven years at the London Evening Standard and its supplement 'ES' Magazine followed before his next move to a group commercial role on 'Elle' Magazine, 'Elle Decoration' and 'Red'.
He was subsequently invited to return to the Standard in 1999 as Head of Fashion and Luxury Goods with responsibility for representing the title portfolio in fashion capitals Paris, Milan and New York as well as London.
1999 also saw him invited to join the British Fashion Council on whose advisory board he still sits.
Maurice is a founder member of the UK chapter of Fashion Group International and an honorary member of 'The Industry' (formerly 'Fashion Business Club'). He has been an occasional contributor to the M.A. Fashion course at the Royal College of Art and currently holds a visiting Fellowship at the London College of Fashion.
Extramurally he is a regular contributor to debates and panel discussions on fashion & luxury goods matters and sits on the judging panels for the Scottish Fashion Awards; the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards; the Graduate Fashion Awards and the British Fashion Awards.
When not engaged in matters sartorial his personal passions include contemporary theatre, European city breaks and a quest for the perfect vodka martini.
MULTI-AWARD WINNING PROFESSIONAL CHEF
In December 2016, Gary Maclean was crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016, after taking on 47 other professional chefs in the pursuit of gastronomic glory. He battled through seven weeks of fierce competition on our TV screens and extra-ordinary cooking in the culinary challenges. There was only one king of the kitchen and he touched the hearts and passions of the UK TV audience.
Born in Glasgow, 45 year old multi-award winning Gary Maclean spent his early career working in hotels where he learned a number of key skills. By the age of 24 he was running the kitchens at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection and scooped his first foray into fine dinning as Executive Chef in a top Glasgow restaurant at 25. He has been a strategic restaurant consultant helping to launch over 80 establishments across Scotland working for a variety of high profile brands. Gary has also held executive chef positions at two of Scotland's biggest independent operators and his current role as Senior Lecturer at City of Glasgow College is what really drives his passion for mentoring other young chefs and creative cooking.
JIGSAW GROUP CEO
Peter Ruis joined the Jigsaw Group in 2013 as CEO. The business has accelerated to over £100m sales, driven innovation from e-commerce to international territories, and delivered exponential profit growth in a challenging market.
In 2015, Jigsaw did what no other high street brand dared to do: make a promise to its customers never to discount outside its two end-of-season Sales. Creatively, too, Jigsaw continues to stand out against competitors, with subversive campaigns (For Life not Landfill and Lived not Modelled), new lifestyle emporiums in London's Duke Street and Piccadilly (which also include collections from sister boutique The Shop at Bluebird), and a new limited-edition luxury collection A by Jigsaw.
After eight years at Marks & Spencer (originally joining as a graduate trainee in 1989 and rising to Senior Buyer for Menswear), Peter became Head of Product at Ted Baker in 1997; Brand Merchandise Director for Levi Strauss Europe in 2002; Buying Director for Fashion & Beauty at John Lewis in 2005, before being promoted to the executive Board as Buying and Brand director in 2010.
Peter joined Dunelm PLC as a Non-Executive Director in 2015.
He has a degree in International History and Politics from Leeds University.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys cricket and skiing. He is married with three children and lives in west London.
Celebrity Photographer Nicky Johnston has been working in the industry for over 25 yrs. Starting his career at the BBC as a staff photographer.
Nicky's work has taken him all over the world shooting celebrities for a host of celebrity magazines , Tv companies and Pr agencies.
"Even after all these years of shooting, I still get as excited about a shoot as I did when I started at the BBC, my passion is photography. I love nothing more than a big shoot with a cast of thousands, the egos, the dramas that sometimes develop on those shoots"
The last couple of years has seen Nicky return to shooting more fashion. "It's a totally different medium than shooting Celebrities with much more freedom in terms of lighting and art direction.
TRAVEL EDITOR AT COSMOPOLITAN
Cosmo's globetrotter (65 countries so far!) and a freelance travel journalist for publications such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times, I'm as happy in a VW Camper in Cornwall as I am in a five-star in the Seychelles (though if you're going to make me choose, I'll take the Indian Ocean island option, ta). I've jumped off waterfalls in Bavaria, tracked leopards in Oman, dived with 40 sharks in the Galapagos, learnt to surf hungover in Hawaii, circled Mount Everest and danced in Trinidad carnival covered in mud at sunrise. No, I can't get you an upgrade.
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