Professor Frances Corner OBE is the Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the university’s chief executive officer, a role often known as Vice-Chancellor.
Previously she was 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 LCF in 2005, Frances was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire (1998-2001), and the Head of the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University (2001-2005).
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.
She holds a DPhil from Oxford, publishes widely on art and design education and, in 2014, published her first book entitled ‘Why Fashion Matters’ (Thames and Hudson).
In March 2016 Frances was honoured with a Distinguished Professorship from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT).
In June 2009 Frances was awarded an OBE for Services to the Fashion Industry.