The Crypt on the Green

St. James Church Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell Close



Footwear Friends Annual Awards final

The Judges


Dominic has worked in the bespoke 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 bespoke business.









Product buying and range management specialist in clothing and footwear with broad experience in supply chain management.

Working at Director and Senior Executive levels in Retail, Wholesale, Licensing and E-commerce.

Susan worked in the footwear industry for 14 years including working as Product Director at Start-rite Shoes. Previous to footwear Susan worked at Marks and Spencer on the clothing side as a senior buyer.

Susan is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers and a Trustee of the charity Footwear Friends.

Areas of expertise are:

  • Product development and range planning 

  • Brand building

  • Market and trend analysis

  • Supply chain management


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


Malcolm has been in the retail industry for over forty years. He started his career in retail management working for Clarks and then moved into the buying side with Clarks based in Street, Somerset. This covered buying for their own retail stores as well as with the wholesale and manufacturing teams.

He then joined New Look to set up the footwear business. Following early success drove New Look to be the major retailer of footwear in the UK. This then also included the success of all areas of accessories to become destination stores for footwear and accessories.

Malcolm now runs his own retail consultancy business covering retail, buying and sourcing and is also a non-executive director at Shoezone. Malcolm is the Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee of Footwear Friends.

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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 Trustee of the Footwear Friends Executive Committee for a number of years.

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