The Judges

Patrick Grant

Fashion Expert & TV Presenter


“Britain’s design schools have an extraordinary track record in developing world leading fashion talent. I am delighted to be supporting and promoting the next generation at this year’s Fashanne Awards in Nottingham.”

Patrick’s career in fashion has spanned over a decade. In 2005, after leaving a career in Engineering, he took over as Director at Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons.

He won much praise for his work there including being named Retailer of the Yearat the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards. In December 2010 he won the Menswear Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards and in May 2015 he was awarded the BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund both for his work on menswear brand E. Tautz which he re-launched in 2009. In 2012 he began working in collaboration with Debenhams on the brand Hammond & Co which launched in 2013. It has gone on to be the most successful designer collaboration in the department store’s history, now selling in over 150 stores across 6 countries. In 2015 he purchased the ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This was followed in 2016 with the launch of social enterprise Community Clothing in response to the extreme challenges facing the British clothing and textile manufacturing industry earning him support and praise from across the political spectrum.

Frequently appearing in best dressed lists in the UK, he has been a regular fixture in GQ’s 50 Best Dressed Men and was also named in Esquire Magazine’s Most Stylish Men in the World. In 2016 he made the Business of Fashion 500 index of the most influential people in global fashion. Patrick is a regular on television and radio as a commentator on the British fashion, clothing and textile industries. He has been a contributor to several major television documentaries including Savile RowHarris Tweed, and The Perfect Suit, but is best known for his role in the BBC2 Series The Great British Sewing Bee, for which he was nominated for the 2017 National Television Awards. He has written on diverse subjects for many titles including GQ, The Financial Times and The Times. His book ‘Original Man’ was published by Gestalten in 2014. He is a regular lecturer at schools and colleges. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Business and Society. Since 2015 Patrick has appeared in both Who’s Who and Debrett’s People of Today. In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Anne Davies talks to Patrick Grant 2021

Zeph Logan

Stylist & Product Manager, NEXT

JUDGE for the Womenswear Design Award

Zeph has worked at Next for the last 12 years with a specialism in styling and managing the online imagery for the womenswear business, liaising across internal departments covering trend, e-commerce and in store key looks to bring the Next product to life in front of the consumer.

Previous roles have included Design Director at Tommy Hilfiger Denim (based in Amsterdam) Nike Womenswear Design and 4 years in Hong Kong working in trend led fashion for the high street in UK and USA.

Having graduated from Derby university in Fashion Studies, Zeph’s passion for womenswear design and drive to learn new skills has taken her around the world working for brands, suppliers and high street companies, with over 20 years experience.


Zeph Logan talks about what she is looking for when judging the Womenswear Design Award

Giuliano Martello

Menswear Coordinator, Paul Smith

JUDGE for the Designer Menswear Design Award

Giuliano is the coordinator for Paul Smith men’s First Line – one of the UK’s leading independent fashion brands. His role involves working in close partnership with the Paul Smith design team, and overseeing design development, production and sales. His responsibilities also include working closely with the Japanese licensees who are responsible for producing the Paul Smith, Japan Collection label.

He has over thirty years of experience in the clothing industry, having graduated from The Scottish College of Textiles, Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh.

Giuliano Martello talks about what he is looking for when judging the Menswear Design Award.

Hayley Solomon

Group Brand & Marketing Director, ITL Group

JUDGE for the Commercial Design Award

Hayley Solomon is the Group Brand & Marketing Director for ITL. Having developed a keen eye for apparel labelling and packaging through collaboration with many brands and manufactures over 15 years; Hayley now drives brand identity, recognition and co-creation across several markets for ITL. Hayley graduated from the University of the Arts, London; where she gained a First Class Honours degree in Retail Design Management. Subsequently, she started working at a Strategic Brand Consultancy as a Junior Business Consultant, where she had previously interned. Here, she built narratives, sought forever evolving design and consumer trends and curated discovery journeys for prospective clients. Following this, she entered the world of branded apparel labelling within various Account Management roles, accumulating in an Account Director role at ITL, prior to her current B&M role. This involved working within the integrated supply chain, collaborating with brands, garment manufactures and companywide regional manufacturing hubs, internationally.

 As an advocate for all things labels; the ability to co-create with brands on their packaging that compliments, enhances and interacts with their end consumer, continues to be alluring and dynamic. Hayley is passionate about being part of an industry that’s drives diversity of thought through its use of design, creativity and brand advocacy.

Hayley Solomon talks about what she's looking for when judging the Commercial Award

Garry Knox

Vice Chair, ASBCI. Sustainability Director, GreenEarth Cleaning

CO-JUDGE for the ASBCI Innovation Award

Garry Knox has been the Sustainability Director since 2014, following ten years service with U.K. GreenEarth affiliate, Johnson Cleaners.

Garry’s background has mainly been in Retail Marketing, including roles at leading U.K. retailers Marks and Spencer and Littlewoods.  He became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire. Garry is also on the board of the Association of Suppliers to The British Clothing Industry (ASBCI).

David Williams

Managing Director, Stoll GB

JUDGE for the Knitwear Design Award

David Williams, owner and Managing Director of Stoll GB, has many years of experience in supplying machinery and services to the knitwear industry globally.

The Knit Design Centre based in Leicester was David’s brainchild and he is keen to work with people with fresh ideas.

David talks about what he is looking for when judging the Knitwear Design Award

Jonathan Pedley

Senior Menswear Designer, NEXT

JUDGE for the High Street Menswear Award

Jonathan is currently the designer for Mens Outerwear and Shorts for Next PLC, overseeing and managing all aspects of design that include fabrication, colour, trim level and silhouette.

Upon graduating from Nottingham Trent with a specialism in menswear, Jonathan has worked for both brands and suppliers with the UK, U.S and European markets creating multi product collections with specialisms in Tailoring, Outerwear and Denim.

Career highlights include designing for Macys in New York, C&A Belgium and Mexx based in Amsterdam. Whilst working Jonathan undertook a Masters in Fashion Design at NTU with a focus on Outerwear and is passionate about the possibilities that in depth study brings to students.

Jonathan talks about what he is looking for when judging the High Street Menswear Award

Katie Greenyer

Creative Talent & Network Director, Pentland Brands

JUDGE of the Footwear & Accessories Award

Katie Greenyer is a creative mind, business leader and producer of innovative design. With a distinctive style and experience in creative disciplines across fashion and culture, Katie is a widely-respected, inimitable member of the creative community.

Born in Colchester, Essex, Katie’s first steps in the design world were taken with Red or Dead; the cult fashion footwear brand acquired by The Pentland Group in 1996. After pursuing a degree in Fine Art Printed Textiles at Liverpool School of Art in 1989, Katie worked with some of the most formative names in fashion, from luxury (Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Paul Costello and Christian Lacroix) to high street (Next, Jigsaw, Dr. Martens and French Connection).

Now Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Brands, Katie continues to manage the creative direction of Red or Dead while leading a global design team that generates campaigns for some of the world’s best-loved sports, fashion and outdoor brands. Her role has seen her deliver award-winning workplace environments that inspire performance, creativity and collaboration in locations from London to Hong Kong.

Katie’s eye for high-functioning interiors has aided her in creating unique installations for high profile brands and events. Most recently, Katie delivered an exhibition in collaboration with outdoor brand Berghaus for London Design Week, which welcomed 35,000 visitors and featured in national media.

Katie’s unique flair for identifying exceptional talent coupled with an ability to foster and develop new careers has allowed her to make her mark on the creative industry. As a trustee of the Saturday Club and an Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University, Katie uses her enduring relationships with educators and institutions across the nation to support young people with the ambition to achieve a career in design.

Katie is a valued ambassador; she currently holds the position of World President of the Textile Institute, a Cordwainer liveryman with freedom of the City of London and a mentor for Graduate Fashion week.

With unparalleled creative insight, Katie is an undeniably innovative artistic force.

Chris Johnson

Head of Design, Speedo

JUDGE of the Athleisure Design Award

Chris Johnson is a creative leader and designer, who helps brands to define, and meet, the future needs of fitness consumers.  Chris leads the creative and design direction for Speedo global swimwear and equipment ranges.  Since joining Speedo in 2007, Chris has led the design of Fastskin racing swimsuits, caps, and goggles, for four consecutive Olympic Games.  Chris is the co-inventor of sports technology patents, relating to swimwear, equipment, and digital devices.

Dr. Julie King

Chair, ASBCI. Executive Dean Digital Technologies and Arts, Staffordshire University

CO-JUDGE of the ASBCI Innovation Award

Dr. King has worked in academia almost 30 years, in 1994 she joined Nottingham Trent University establishing a pioneering online trend sourcing website, creating the first CD catalogue of designer catwalk collections for Drapers in 1998.

At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University she established the first MA in Fashion and Textiles in the Asia Pacific region, and was Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University between 2003-2014, becoming Director of the Fashion and Design Institute in Mauritius on sabbatical from DMU. In 2014 she became Head of Fashion at the University of Northampton, and in 2019 moved to The University of South Wales to become Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries. Her current role is as Executive Dean for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University. Since 2003 she has been Events Director for the ASBCI, is the Textile Institute’s Chair of the Design Special Interest Group, and a member of the FTC Steering Committee since 2012. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, an academic consultant the University of Hull, works with the Open University and has been a visiting professor, guest judge and academic consultant at numerous global institutions. Dr King’s knowledge and experience of China is widely recognised and she has given guest lectures and keynote speeches at Tsinghua University, Beijing, Donghua University, Shanghai and The HKDI amongst others.

An expert in colour forecasting, the subject of her PhD, she worked as a forecaster with Global Colour Research, has published in books, journals, delivered conference papers, guest lectures and keynote speeches. She is regularly invited to review conference abstracts and papers and participate in the organising committees of such events.

Nicholas Hanson

Creative Director, Daniel Hanson

CO-JUDGE for the Daniel Hanson Memorial Award

Nicholas ‘grew up on the cutting table’, where he learnt to machine and hand sew at a very young age. During years of substantial growth for his father’s internationally recognised manufacture and design business, his after school hours were spent at his father’s factory.

Growing up, he worked in one of England’s most important vertical mills; ‘Abraham moons’, studied a Bespoke Tailoring apprenticeship on Savile Row, and subsequently earned his place at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp where he studied both fashion design & ‘in-situ’ fine art.

He graduated in 2018, choosing to continue his work within his father’s prestigious business as a sample cutter. He is now the Creative Director at Daniel Hanson.

Nicholas talks about what he is looking for when judging the Daniel Hanson Award for Excellence

Amy Coulson

Sponsorship, Events & Projects Manager, It’s in Nottingham

CO-JUDGE for the Daniel Hanson Memorial Award

Within her role at It’s in Nottingham, Amy is responsible for a number of city-wide initiatives aimed at strategically driving economic growth across the city. The key objective is to influence business growth and to help build a rich, vibrant culturally focused city centre.

As an advocate for environment and sustainability, Amy represents It’s in Nottingham as co-chair on one of the Canal & River Trusts focus groups. She also manages projects in this area which will support Nottingham’s carbon-neutral agenda. Amy manages the various sponsorships It’s in Nottingham is proud to support.

Having studied Fashion, and Contemporary Lens Media (CLM) at Lincoln University, Amy excelled in fashion forecasting and design. Having gained a wealth of experience in fashion and retail, including gaining work experience, pulling colour trends together for designers such as Paul Smith and Ted Baker, Amy went on to manage the Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro store in Hockley where she launched several national sustainability and personal development projects for Sue Ryder and conceptualised and developed live briefs with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to encourage re-use of unsaleable stock.

During this period of time, Amy enjoyed following trends in popular culture- fashion, retail, the high street, and visual merchandising and was celebrated as a leading manager in Innovation at Sue Ryder, as well as picking up the award for National Best Charity Shop Interior in the Charity Retail Association’s Awards and was voted in the top ten Charity Shops by noted online platform Refinery29.

Now Sponsorships, Events & Projects Manager at It’s in Nottingham, Amy manages the event programme and delivers such events as Nottingham Light Night, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, which in 2023 generated an additional 50,000 visitors with an economic value of £500,000 for Nottingham city centre.

Having completed the Carbon Literacy Course (CLT) at NTU, Amy has developed and presented an Environment & Sustainability project to Managers and Board, which has been utilised as a core focus in the 2021-2025 strategy. Amy has a passion for championing SMEs and enjoys connecting people together.

Amy has an eye for detail and has the utmost respect for makers in their field. Currently renovating a Victorian terrace house, Amy is keen to use traditional methods only.

In Memory of

Daniel Hanson

Designer & Consultant

**For Fashanne 2022, there will be a special award, “The Daniel Hanson Award”, in memory of Daniel. This will be awarded to the student demonstrating ‘excellence and passion’, which is what Daniel was all about.**

Daniel Hanson was a designer and professional consultant with top-quality UK workshop/manufacturing capacity. He has worked with many high profile organisations and clothing and textile industry ‘Brands’ over the past 35 years.

Specific areas of expertise include men’s and women’s nightwear, personal furnishings and accessories; men’s fully hand canvassed tailored clothing; traditional Japanese kimono and associated clothing; towels and towelling products. Such expertise covers the design process, practical construction as well as production knowledge. Adjacent to the aforementioned is a career-long involvement of fabric design, weaving techniques, colouring, dyeing and finishing, with a ‘specific love’ for jacquard patterning.

The Daniel Hanson handwriting is contemporary, heritage based, slightly formal and with a strong ‘attitude’ that reflects current trend but is not subservient to fashion. As an established Company that designs, manufactures and supplies branded product to quality retail Stores; Daniel Hanson has also developed and manufactured private label product ranges for numerous brands and has recently completed 265 kimono and Samurai outfits for 47 Ronin (a recently released Keanu Reeves film). A substantial period was spent working in design education in the 1980’s which included lecturing part-time at the Royal College of Art for 3years. Between 1989 and 1991, he was Course Leader and Principal Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to which he worked in the industry primarily as a jeans, sportswear and menswear designer following graduation from Derby College of Art with a diploma in fashion design in 1979.

Daniel Hanson lived in Nottingham with his family. This is where the company and its workshop are based. He regularly worked in London, New York, Paris, Milan and Austria in a consultancy capacity.