05 Apr 2019
Glasgow Caledonian University is delighted to announce that the experienced business leader and entrepreneur Iain Renwick has joined the University as President of the British School of Fashion. He has also been appointed as an Honorary Professor. Professor Renwick will work closely with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE and Tim Jackson, the Director of the British School of Fashion, in the strategic development of the School in London and Glasgow and in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian New York College and the Fair Fashion Center.
Professor Gillies said: "It is a privilege indeed to work alongside Professor Renwick who has a deep and demonstrable commitment to social justice and sustainability and brings a wealth of experience to help us further the mission of the University".
Reacting to his appointment, Professor Renwick said: "I am very honoured to be joining with Professor Gillies, Glasgow Caledonian University and the superb team at the British School of Fashion, to help grow and build its diverse fashion offering in Glasgow, London and New York. They have such a key role in focusing and developing sustainable, entrepreneurial and socially responsible solutions for business and society globally. These solutions are at the very core in fulfilling the University’s ‘Common Good’ mission.”
Iain has an impressive industry background having worked for a range of private and listed media, communication and retail businesses including Storehouse Group PLC, Habitat Ltd, MTV Networks Inc. and significantly for over 4 years as the CEO for Liberty plc.
Born in Glasgow he studied Law at the University of Glasgow, and has a strong affinity with GCU’s Common Good purpose.
For the past ten years, Iain has worked as a non-executive, advisor, chair and trustee of a number of charities and enterprise initiatives covering arts, heritage, young people, health, education, sustainability and the environment. This has included a role as Executive Chairman at global sustainability consultancy Eco Age Ltd and more recently Iain was appointed as Board Director of BrandCap Group and Non-Executive Director of Goodhood Store Limited.
Glasgow Caledonian University has recently been ranked 44th in the world for social impact by Times Higher Education and has a particular focus on sustainable practice. The University offers a diverse range of fashion related programmes through the British School of Fashion in Glasgow and London, and related opportunities for postgraduates at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.
Pictured: Professor Iain Renwick (centre), President of British School of Fashion, with University Chair of Court, Rob Woodward and Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies.