Ann Priest joined Nottingham Trent University in 2006 as Dean of Art and Design, having previously been Dean at London College of Fashion for 13 years. She was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College in January 2009.
Ann first moved into education as a Principal Lecturer in Fashion Design and Marketing in 1987. This followed a career in the fashion industry - first as a designer and pattern cutter and latterly as a buyer and product developer responsible for a significant range of products sourced internationally for Mulberry Company.
During her time in the fashion industry, Ann worked for a number of high street companies and designer labels including Wallis, Juliet Dunn and Jeff Banks. She was an active member of a number of industry and professional bodies including:
- The Textile Strategy Board
- The Textile Institute (previously the Clothing and Footwear Institute)
- London Fashion Forum
- Westminster Council Fashion Steering Group
Between 1988 and 1989, alongside teaching at UEL, Ann spent time in India on behalf of the UNDP and EU, advising and supporting the development of the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India and developing training and education for the Indian fashion industry.
In 1989 and 1991, she delivered Industrial training programmes for Senai Cetiqt Textile Institute in Rio de Janiero. Ann has been invited to deliver keynote and conference papers and presentations on fashion, fashion forecasting and education in many countries around the world including India, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Australia, Pakistan as well as to industry events in the UK.
In 2005, she was seconded to the Fashion Textile Cluster Project, a £4 million Euro EU succession project in Istanbul, leading the research and subsequent development of the now established Istanbul Moda Academy.
As Dean at the University of the Arts, Ann was the founding Dean of the School of Fashion Management, London College of Fashion (LCF), later the School of Fashion Promotion and Management. She led the undergraduate studies portfolio and subsequently became Dean of International and Enterprise Development for the College. Here she had responsibility for the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, the Fashion Business Resource Studio and the College’s commercial arm.
During her time at LCF, Ann was a member of a highly successful team that led the development of the College from a largely Further Education (FE) portfolio to a significant specialist institution with studies from FE to PhD. She led the development of a number of innovative and highly successful courses relevant to the fashion and related industries and developed and managed several large scale projects funded by the ERDF and London Development Agency.
Ann was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers in 1992. As well as being a member of a number of professional bodies, she served as treasurer for the Association of Heads of Degree courses in Fashion and Textiles and as Chairman of the Textile Institute from 2001 – 2003. Ann is currently an Executive Committee member for the International Federation of Fashion Technology Institutions and an invited member of the International Advisory Group for the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA).
Ann was awarded an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education in 2006. In 2007, she also received:
- a Silver Medal from the Society of Dyers and Colourists
- an award for Services to the Fashion, Textiles industries and their Education.