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Team Members

The Textiles Skills Centre Associates is a team of volunteers that manage the Textile Skills Centre Facebook groups and website, and offer support, mentorship and advice to textile teachers and trainees. We run free networking events each month and are always on hand to help, encourage and assist when needed.

We are always looking for new Associate Members, so if you would like to join this small team then do contact us at: info@textileskillscentre.com

Meet the team:


DAWN FOXALL Profile photoDawn Foxall (Founder & Chair: Textiles Skills Centre)
BA(Hons) Knitwear Design; MA

Dawn has 35 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including design consultant, schools presenter and resources developer for EMTEX; Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK Universities and FE colleges; course presenter for D&T Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.
She was a co-founder of Liv.co.uk, where she managed design, buying and sourcing and continues to work with brands such as LUSH Soaps, sourcing ethical products and consulting for young designers and start-ups.
In 2015 Dawn set up the Textiles Skills Centre (formerly ‘Academy’) supporting textile teachers, delivering workshops and events. In 2017 she launched her own knitwear brand FOXOLOGY designing and producing sustainably sourced collections. She continues to teach pattern cutting at various education and commercial establishments as well as for Textiles Skills Centre and also drafts patterns for industry.


Nicky Simpson (Course Leader & Secretary: Textiles Skills Centre)
BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.

Nicky is a contemporary textiles artist, who has 12 years teaching experience, heading up Fashion & Textiles at a School in Kent. She has taught many different specifications from Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, Design and Technology at GCSE and A Level and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). She has also taught Graphics, Food and Art at KS3.
In Nicky’s previous career she was a senior director of a fashion print agency in the heart of London. She designed her own prints as well as creating and selling seasonal fashion print collections for the international market, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed and sold to all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.
For the past 6 years Nicky has been a textile consultant, focusing on developing and leading the online and face to face workshops for the Textile Skills Centre, including pattern development. Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, and now mentors many fellow teachers through the TSC mentorship programme. She has delivered workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show and volunteers as an art therapist in her spare time.


JULIA BURROWS PROFILE PHOTOJulia K Burrows (Course Leader & Treasurer: Textiles Skills Centre)
BA Fashion Design; L3 Award in Education & Training(RQF)

Julia studied fashion design and garment construction at the Faculty of Clothing Design, in Durban, South Africa. She started her career as designer and pattern cutter for men’s and ladies’ leisurewear, then moved on to become Senior Designer, which involved running several sample and pattern cutting rooms. She designed men’s and ladies surf and swimwear ranges, a menswear brand range “Rifle”, and set up her own ladies’ wear shop and production unit, before moving to the UK.
In the UK, Julia worked for a Marks & Spencer supplier, as Senior Designer of woman’s lingerie and nightwear, and also oversaw a children’s nightwear range. She later moved to London to become Head Designer for a men’s, ladies’ and children’s leisurewear range. More recently Julia has become a freelancer, working with small start-ups advising on the industry, specialist finance management, design feasibility, fabric and pattern cutting. In 2016 she moved into teaching post 16 adult education, at the Fashion Technology Academy in North London. As senior tutor there, she developed training programmes and taught Pattern Cutting and Design.


Haidee Foy imageHaidee Foye (Lead on Mentorship: Textiles Skills Centre)
BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles with Business (1st class)

As an established classroom teacher with over 10 years’ experience, Haidee has taught numerous Textiles specifications in D&T and Art Textiles to both GCSE, BTec (Level 3) and A Level.  Having graduated with a 1st Class BA (hons) in Fashion Textiles and Business, Haidee gained experience working for an Indian retailer, Chinese textile manufacturer and High street retailer as a woven textiles and printed textiles designer before entering the teaching profession.
She currently teaches GCSE Art Textiles, GCSE Food and Nutrition and A Level Fashion & Textiles at a girl’s grammar school in Kent, where she also works as Subject Lead and Head of Year.  Haidee has vast experience of mentoring other adult professionals, including graduate trainees, newly qualified teachers and more established classroom teachers. She is currently developing the Textiles Skills Centre Mentorship programme.


Rachel Addy PhotoRachel Addy (Media & Marketing: Textiles Skills Centre)
BSC(Hons) Textiles Design for fashion & interiors: Specialising in knit.

RACHEL has been the Events Planner & a host for the Textile Skills Centre events since April 2021. She also works as a Design & Technology Teacher as well as taking part in multiple events globally expanding her network of Textile Professionals. Rachel’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 9 years around the world as a Product Developer.

She worked for an American based company called GIII based in Hangzhou China and has spent several years travelling the globe working with various textile manufacturers. Rachel has worked with customers from around the world including the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to Moss Bros.
Rachel’s has since moved into teaching as Design and Technology Trainee. She has taught Graphics, Textiles, Fashion Textiles & Product Design. Rachel has spent several years working for not-for-profit Networking events to support locals in making connections that will encourage skill sharing & develop professional relationships that may one day open the door to other opportunities.


Kathy Sexton - Mindfulness Coach imageKathy Sexton (Mindfulness Coach: Textiles Skills Centre)
BEd(Hons) Physical Education & Dance; MA Arts Management in Education; L3 Mindfulness Coach

Kathy is a Specialist Leader in Education with over 30 years teaching and examining experience. She provides CPD training locally and nationally and has in recent years expanded into the field of wellbeing and resilience.

Kathy sits on The All Party Parliamentary Group for A Fit and Healthy Childhood and has contributed to several of their recent papers on mental health, she is also a facilitator for the IHEART curriculum and a Mindfulness Coach. She is currently developing TSC mindfulness programme.


Profile Fimage of Katie PickeringKatie Pickering (Research & Funding for Textiles Skills Centre)
BA History; Diploma Fashion/Apparel

Katie is currently an accounts manager at Together Creative in London. She is working with Textiles Skills Centre on bid writing and researching funding and grant opportunities.


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