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Footwear Friends Annual Awards final

The Judges



Dominic has worked in the bespoke shoe trade for over 35 years. He originally trained as an orthopaedic shoemaker with James Taylor & Son. At the same time he taught Design and pattern making on the BA course at Cordwainers college. He has his own workshop, worked in the ladies fashion industry and for 15 years taught on the MA on footwear design at the Royal College of Art.


The past 10 years he has been Lastmaking and shoemaking at G.J. Cleverly in London. Dominic now has his own London based bespoke business.










James was appointed CEO in 2017 having joined The Dune Group in 2010 from Thomas Pink where he was Group CFO for six years.

He has extensive retail experience within international market, as well as leading teams within entrepreneurial, high growth settings.

James started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in London and New York, and is a qualified Chartererd Accountant. He holds an MBA from Imperial College.


Ben has spent over 30 years in sales of footwear to the private and volume retail sector. Starting out with Intershoe of America working with high end brands like "Nickels" and "Via Spiga" selling into grade independents, followed by a 10-year period working as the Northern Sales Representative for Laceys Footwear of London.

The next career move was to a Dutch importer called "Intermedium Footwear" where Ben spent 19 years as their UK and Ireland Sales Manager.

He joined Micro-Pak Ltd. as UK and Ireland Sales and Operations Manager in April 2016


Tim has been in the footwear business for over 30 years. He started his career with Bata France as a graduate trainee. He then went on to work for Lambert Howarth Plc in 1986 in various roles, culminating in becoming the Managing Director of the Company. In 2001 he became Managing Director of OPS Ltd before finally becoming cobbler in chief at Oliver Sweeney. Tim is involved in every part of the shoemaking process. He has been a member of the Footwear Friends Executive Committee for a number of years.

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Julian works in the Corporate Responsibility function at Clarks International and has responsibility for their global community investment strategy , incorprating activity  in Europe, APAC and the Americas. Julian held previous Corporate Responsitility roles with Deutsche Bank's flagship CR programme and with Business in the Community - the Prince of Wales' Corporate Responsibility charity. Julian joined the Footwear Friends Executive Committee in June 2018.

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