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Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture 2018



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Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture 2018

'Fashioning Futures: How fashion education can impact social mobility' delivered by Professor Frances Corner OBE

Professor Frances Corner OBE is the Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London.

She has over 20 years’ experience within the higher education sector at a national and international level.

Before joining London College of Fashion in 2005, Frances was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire , and the Head of the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University.

Named a London Leader for Sustainability in 2009 and a Green Gown finalist in 2015, Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being.

Frances is Chair of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes, a Trustee of The Wallace Collection and Chair of Trustees of the House of Illustration. She also sits on the British Fashion Council Industry Advisory Board and was recently named in the Business of Fashion 500 – a professional index of key people shaping the global fashion industry.

In June 2009 Frances was awarded an OBE for Services to the Fashion Industry.

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About Sir John Cass
Sir John Cass was a man of singular ambition. Born near the Tower of London in 1661, he was the only son of a successful entrepreneur. In 1665, the family moved to a rural estate in Hackney and thus escaped London's Great Plague. The family business was, however, well placed to take advantage of the demands for the rebuilding of the City following the Great Fire of 1666.

John Cass began to emerge into public and political life only after the death of his father in 1699. Some of his most treasured ambitions were realised in three years of success for the Tory party at the end of the reign of Queen Anne: a successful business career, terms as Alderman, Sheriff, then City MP before being knighted in 1713.

But like so many modern-day Cass alumni, he found that material success was not enough and, in 1710, he founded a school and dedicated the rest of his life and his wealth to nurturing the minds of future generations.

In 2001 a donation from Sir John Cass's Foundation led the City University Business School to rename itself the Sir John Cass Business School (usually abbreviated to Cass Business School). We have since maintained the spirit of Sir John, nurturing the talents of 35,000 students - the next generation of global business leaders.

For further information on the work of the Foundation and to read more about the annual lecture series please visit their website at or find us on Twitter @sjcfgrants.

Previous speakers:
2017 - The Rt Hon Ruth Kelly
2016 - Professor Sir Adrian Smith
2015 - The Rt Hon the Lord Baker CH
2014 - Martin Bean CBE
2013 - The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield
2012 - The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
2011 - Ms Katharine Birbalsingh
2010 - Sir Anthony Seldon
2009 - The Rt Hon Michael Gove
2008 - The Rt Hon Ed Balls
2007 - The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis

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When and where

6.00pm - 9.00pmWednesday 10th October 2018

Cass Business School 106 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8TZ United Kingdom