Some of the fashion industry’s biggest names have signed up to speak at Drapers Next Generation on April 14, including Jigsaw chief executive Peter Ruis, incoming Karen Millen chief executive Beth Butterwick and The White Company clothing director Barbara Horspool.
The one-day careers and networking conference will be held at 30 Euston Square in London, where an audience of 300 aspiring fashion professionals will hear career advice from the industry’s leaders.
The day will begin with a panel session with Drapers 30 under 30 of 2016, with The Chapar founder and chief executive Sam Middleton, Dorothy Perkins merchandiser Amy Atkinson, Polly King & Co head of menswear Michael Brown, and Hugo Boss retail operations manager Grace Twyman.
They will be followed by Matalan HR director Emma Crossland, who will give a talk on ”how to realise your potential”, and then a panel session on how to get ahead in buying and merchandising from Asos.com womenswear buying director Nikki Tattersall, Thomas Pink chief operating officer Erica Vilkauls, Pure Collection product director Jo Hooper and Yoox Net-a-Porter Group merchandising director Lea Cranfield.
Horspool will then take to the stage to talk about her long career in design, and will be followed by Topman digital director Gareth Rees-John, who will give attendees an insight into digital career paths.
Berwin & Berwin managing director Simon Berwin will round off the morning sessions with a talk on how passion, product and people are the key factors for success in the competitive world of fashion.
Butterwick will take part in a panel discussion about how women can succeed in the board room. She will be joined by Ann Summers chief excutive Jacqueline Gold, Oasis brand director Sarah Welsh, and Hallet Retail founder and managing director Wendy Hallett, before a panel of young designers reveal the secrets behind making it at London Fashion Week.
Before Ruis rounds off the day with a presentation on how to make it to the top, the audience will hear about opportunities in manufacturing and technical from Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter founder and chief executive, Emma Willis, managing director of the eponymous shirtmaker, and Fay Tear, production director at Karen Millen.
Drapers Next Generation is now in its seventh year, having launched in 2010.