Dr. Julie King, executive dean for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University, has been named the new chair of the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ABSCI). Additionally, Garry Knox, sustainability director at GreenEarth Cleaning, has been appointed as vice-chair alongside existing vice-chair Jonty Wilson.
Formerly ASBCI event director, Dr. King bring 30 years of experience in fashion and textiles academia to her new role as chair, having worked in universities across the UK and abroad. She takes over from Dr. Alistair Knox, who stepped down in March and will continue to serve on the association’s board of directors.
Dr. King takes charges of the ASBCI at a time of rapid change for the fashion and textile sector, and she will focus on the continued development of the association as a center of technical excellent and knowledge sharing within the UK industry. In particular, her expertise in digital technologies will be essential for guiding the ASBCI’s ongoing digital journey and evolution of its activities to ensure a rewarding and relevant membership experience.
Dr. King is the executive director for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts as Staffordshire University, a position she took up in May 2022. She was events director for the ASBCI for 10 years and is a member of the FTC Steering Committee. She has a Ph.D. in color forecasting and has worked as a forecaster with Global Colour Research, has published in books, journals, delivered conference papers, guest lectures and keynote speeches, and she is regularly invited to review conference abstracts and papers to help organize events on the topic.
Outgoig Chair Dr. Alistair Knox noted, “I am delighted to pass the reins of the ASBCI to Julie. She has done an exceptional job as event director for many years, producing a series of successful conferences and webinars, and I know she will continue to do an exceptional job as chair. Her experience and knowledge in the industry and its digital transformation make her perfectly placed to continue ABSCI’s own transformation and ensure the association remains relevant to members in this new era.”
“I would like to thank Alistair for many years at the helm of the ASBCI and his dedication to both the association and the industry it serves,” noted Dr. King. “I am excited to take over this role and continue to guide the association and its members through the challenges and opportunities of the coming years. We have several initiatives planned for the next 12 months and I look forward to liaising with members to ensure the ASBCI is aligned with their needs and priorities.”
New vice-chair Garry Knox was previously membership and marketing director, a position he held from 2016. He will fulfil the duties of the vice-chair alongside Jonty Wilson, head of quality sourcing at Primark. Garry said, “I have worked closely with Julie for several years on various ABSCI committeees and initiatives, and I am delighted that, together with Jonthy, we will take on the important task of steering the ASBCI and its members through the years ahead, ensuring that we bring the opportunities for all members to help understand new innovations and embrace changes on the industry landscape.”