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Originally from Northern Ireland, Rosemary graduated from University of Northumbria in 1984 with BA (Hons.) Fashion Marketing in 1984 and has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry. She has held buying roles at a number of major retailers working on womens and childrens clothing ranges. Rosemary has been involved in all aspects of fashion product development from initial design concept through to mass production in factories in Europe and the Far East.
Prior to joining the University Rosemary worked closely with Jeff Banks in developing the Jeff and Co brand which originally retailed in Sainsburys and was part of the buying team responsible for the Sainsburys TU range which is one of the fastest growing clothing brands.
Rosemary joined the University in 2007 as Senior Lecturer teaching on the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Buying Management pathway.
M.A. Professional Development.(Higher Education Practice) Rosemarys research dissertation examined key employability skills and the role of higher education.