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Industry Advisory Committee
Picture of Ms Shirley Chan Ms Shirley Chan Vice Chairman of YGM Trading Ltd.

Ms Janet Cheung Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association
Ms Vanessa Cheung Founder, The Mills
Ms Katherine Fang Director, Fang Brothers Knitting Ltd.
Ms Angie Lau Chief Executive Officer, Clover Group International Ltd.
Ms Irene Lau Vice President – China, Lane Crawford
Mr Lincoln Lau Chairman, L Industries Ltd.
Mr Bosco Law Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LAWSGROUP
Dr Linus Siu Director, TAL Apparel (S) Pte Ltd
Ms Teresa Tse Director, Wonderful Enterprises Ltd.
Mr George Yeung Director of Operations, Jeanswest

Current Departmental Academic Advisor
Picture of Prof. Naren Barfield Prof. Naren Barfield

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Royal College of Art, U.K


Professor Naren Barfield has held senior leadership positions in a number of UK higher education institutions and has contributed to the strategic development, support, leadership and assessment of learning and teaching, research, knowledge exchange, innovation, and transnational and postgraduate education, both nationally and internationally.  Since 2011 he has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (Pro-Rector to Oct 2017) at the Royal College of Art, the world’s leading university of art and design, and has led significant growth in postgraduate programmes, student enrolments, research intensity and quality, industry partnerships, executive education, internationalisation, and revenue growth and diversification.

He is highly experienced in strategic leadership, policy development, operational management, and goal focused delivery, and is recognised internationally as an expert and advocate for the impact and value of arts and humanities research, design-led innovation, and the societal and economic benefits arising from the integration of STEM with the arts to create STEAM; He has served on advisory groups and panels at national level in the UK and internationally.  Professor Barfield is a Council member of Research England, and is also the strategic lead for university engagement for that body.  He is a graduate of the Top Management Programme for university senior leaders (TMP18).

Picture of Prof. David Hinks Prof. David Hinks

Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.


Currently serving as Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles, Prof. David Hinks leads the College with more than 130 faculty and staff. He published more than 150 research papers in the area of color science,and forensic and environmental textile chemistry. He was named the Cone Mills Distinguished Professor of Textile Chemistry in 2010.

Former Departmental Academic Advisor
Picture of Prof. Anne Smith Prof. Anne Smith

Professor Emerita of Central Saint Martins,

Dean of Academic Programmes, Central Saint Martins, UK

2013 - 2019

Prof. Smith sets up her own fashion label designing and selling fashion and printed textiles collections for womens, mens and childrenswear after graduating from Saint Martins School of Art in fashion print.  Her research developed new approaches in laser cutting and etching for fashion, interior and accessories materials.        

Picture of Prof. Chris Carr Prof. Chris Carr

Professor, Chair of Textile Technology; Head of School, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK


2009 - 2017

Research interests: textile science and technology, textile chemistry, colouration, finishing, historical textiles and conservation science, surface chemistry, recycling, new fibres and healthcare textiles.


Picture of Prof. LuAnn Gaskill Prof. LuAnn Gaskill

Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management Faculty; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

2009 - 2017

The research interests of Prof. Gaskill include business sustainability, entrepreneurship, international development and small business processes.