Patrick Grant is a regular media commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles. After leaving a career in engineering, he took over as director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. Patrick was named Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 British Fashion Awards. In 2015, he purchased ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This was followed by the launch of Community Clothing, a social enterprise with a mission to sustain and create jobs in the UK textile and garment manufacturing industry. Patrick is a regular lecturer at schools and colleges, and an honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Business and Society.
Rebekah Afari was born profoundly deaf and comes from a hearing family. Her first language is British Sign Language. Rebekah is passionate about deaf issues, having faced many challenges herself, and hopes to increase awareness of the barriers deaf people face, aspiring for equality in a hearing world. During her early teens, she was a member of the youth advisory board of the National Deaf Children’s Society. She is currently seeking employment, having recently completed a BTEC level 3 media course in Exeter, where she was the only deaf student on her course. Rebekah enjoys a variety of sports, cooking, reading novels and filmmaking.
Tom Chapman is a Torquay-based barber who has made it his mission to propel the stigma of mental ill health among men into the mainstream. In 2015 founded the Lions Barber Collective, an international group of barbers who have undergone training in how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health in clients and signpost them to relevant support services. The group helps to raise awareness of mental illness and aims to prevent suicide by creating training that enables barbers to recognise, talk and listen out for symptoms of depression.
Farrah Storr is the award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. She took over the brand in 2015 where she was tasked with reimagining it for the millennial woman, subsequently increasing circulation by an unprecedented 59%.
Over her 17-year career as a journalist Farrah has done everything from undercover investigations in the world of cut-price cosmetic surgery to reporting from inside some of the world’s most luxurious fashion houses. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of Women’s Health magazine – the most successful women’s magazine launch of the decade.
In 2017 Farrah was cited as one of only 36 BAME leaders in The Guardian & Operation Black Votes UK’s 1000 Most Powerful list.
She will release her first book in September 2018 on the power of discomfort, published by Piatkus.