Edwina McCann is the Editor in Chief of Vogue Australia. Highly respected in the industry with a strong fashion background and extensive media experience, Edwina is responsible for the Vogue Australia brand across print and digital platforms. With 20 years’ experience in the luxury fashion market, Edwina joined Vogue Australia from ACP Magazines where she was editor of Harper’s Bazaar for three years. Prior to that she was the fashion features director for Grazia; fashion features director for the Weekend Australian and WISH magazines; and spent over eight years with The Australian newspaper as fashion editor.
Kellie Hush is Editor in Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia, a position she has held since July 2012. Before joining BAZAAR, Kellie was the Editor in Chief of GRAZIA Australia. Under Kellie’s editorship, GRAZIA’s readership increased by 23 per cent, an all-time high for the weekly fashion magazine. At GRAZIA she launched an exclusive fashion collection with Target Australia, which grew from a single one-off capsule collection to six ranges. Before taking on the editorship of GRAZIA, Kellie was the fashion editor for The Sydney Morning Herald for four years where she launched the online web series “Essential Fashion” and the broadsheet style section Essential Style. Kellie is a regular fashion commentator on television, radio and in print media.
Alicia Kemp is the Fashion Category Executive for AMP Capital Shopping Centres. AMP Capital represents three major shopping centres across Australia including Macquarie Centre in Sydney, Garden City in Western Australia and Pacific Fair in Queensland. Alicia’s expertise on the retail sector provides unique insight into the strategic challenges facing those within the fashion industry.
Alison Veness has a long-standing reputation, having been at the helm of some of Australia’s most respected fashion publications. Alison is currently the Editor and Publisher of the Australian edition of the internationally renowned 10 Magazine and spent 10 years across publications at ACP Magazines, including acting as Editor in Chief at Harper’s BAZAAR. Alison has also worked extensively in fashion publications and organisations in the UK.
Carla Zampatti is considered an icon in the Australian fashion community. Having led her eponymous label for more than 40 years, she has earned a reputation as an influential designer. Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) recognising her contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women. In 2008 Carla was also recognised for her role in the Australian fashion industry with the Australian Fashion Laureate.
Glen Schlehuber has spent over 20 years working with internationally renowned jeweller Tiffany & Co. in the USA, the UK and Australia. For the past 8 years, Glen has held the position of Managing Director for the Oceania region, where he leads a highly successful multi-channel sales organisation and works across a variety of areas such as marketing, finance, operations, logistics, merchandising and business development.
Justin Cudmore is a commercial lawyer with many clients involved in the FMCG and retail sectors. Having spent ten years practising law in Canberra, Justin is a partner with Sydney firm Marque Lawyers and specialises in privacy, sponsorship agreements, distribution and manufacturing, service agreements and the Personal Properties Securities Act. Justin holds positions on multiple boards including commercial and charitable organisations.
Karen Webster is Design Director of Buzz, a leading design group based in Melbourne, Australia supplying innovative product globally. Karen is one of Australia’s best-known creative industry figures and has been actively engaged as an advocate and leader in the Australian design Industry for over the past 30 years.
Previously she held senior positions in academia at RMIT University and the Whitehouse Institute of Design. From 2005 to 2010 through an industry secondment from her University position at RMIT Karen took on the role of the Director of the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. This grew under her stewardship to include more than 300 events and unprecedented attendance levels and sponsorship support, making it a landmark event on the Melbourne cultural calendar.
Karen has held numerous Board positions including a founding board member of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. She currently sits on the boards for Victorian Design Week and the Australian Fashion Chamber. Previous Board positions have included the Australian Design Alliance, Balletlab and the Commonwealth Positive Body Image Awards Advisory Panel. In 2010 Karen was appointed the first female Board Director of the Council of the Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia and as part of this role has was appointed the Chair of the Australian Fashion Council. More recently she has been on the Advisory Boards for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the State of Design Festival, the Design Research Institute and the Media Code of Conduct Working Group on Body Image for the Victorian State Government which provided advice to the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.
Karen worked as a fashion designer for over ten years in London, Melbourne and Sydney prior to working in academia and for many years worked as a strategic and design consultant within the fashion industry. Karen was the 2012 inductee to the Fashion Hall of Fame awarded in Melbourne.
Malcolm Carfrae is the founder of Carfrae Consulting, a global branding and strategic communications consulting firm based in New York. Formally the Global Head of Communications, Public Relations and Media for Ralph Lauren and the Executive Vice-President of Global Communications for international brand Calvin Klein. Having spent over a decade working with Calvin Klein, Malcolm had previously worked in communications in the UK and in Australia. Despite being based in New York, Malcolm is a strong advocate of the Australian fashion industry through his involvement with the Australian Fashion Foundation and Australian Fashion Chamber.
Roy Green is Dean of the UTS Business School at the University of Technology Sydney. He has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management and undertaken multi-country projects with the OECD and European Commission.
Stuart McCullough is the managing director of Woolmark and chief executive of the Australian Wool Innovation, a not for profit association of 25,000 wool growers. McCullough has twenty years of experience in the industry and has held a variety of roles at the AWI. Prior to becoming chief executive McCullough had been responsible for leading strategic development, transition, establishment and growth of several AWI business units as well as core initiatives. McCullough has been instrumental to the association’s efforts to bring attention to the fibre and underline its uses in the fashion industry and its rightful role in the luxury market.