Advisory Boards


The project advisory board encompasses industry practitioners involved in all areas of global fashion supply chains.  The board reviews the progress of the SC Vis project to validate its suitability within the fashion industry. If you would like to apply for a position on this board please contact ntowers@glos.ac.uk

Professor Neil Towers


Role on project: Project Lead and UOG partner

Qualifications: PhD, MBA, PGDC, DipHE, BSc (Hons)

About Me:

Neil Towers is Chair of Retail Marketing/Management and Lead of Research in the School of Business & Technology at the University of Gloucestershire. With over 35 years of extensive academic and business experience in small and large organisations my internationally rated academic expertise underpins high quality applied research and scholarly activity giving significant impact to both business and higher education. His work focusses on agile digital retail marketing, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. He has wide experience of Lead roles in Research Leadership and supporting the development of academic colleagues. He is an Affiliate Professor of a leading French Business School, has been Keynote Speaker at a number of international conferences and an Expert Advisor for several international bodies.

Industry experience:

He has successfully secured and lead significant collaborative business research funded projects worth £1.75m+ over a number of years with sector and academic partners. He is past Director of the George Davies Centre for Retail Excellence (CRE) sourcing £1m+ external funding and was former Programme Director for MSc in International Fashion Marketing for 5 years creating £350k+ income annually and developing industry links to contribute to productivity improvements.

He is a member of the Technical Authority Committee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, former Senior Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing until 2014, past Chair of the Qualifications and Awards Committee of the Institute of Operations Management (now Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CILT). He is a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

Academic experience:

His teaches in the subjects of Retail, Business and Fashion Supply Chain Management, conducts research in local and international supply chain management and investigates frictionless visibility between retail operations and agile supply chains. His work includes a number of studies of global sourcing and planning for fashion textile products. The highly cited paper in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS4*) in 2004 developed the mixed-mode conceptual supply model and in 2008 developing the composite model of supply chain management and enterprise planning for small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, published in the Supply Chain Management: an International Journal (ABS3*). Further work including a China-based case study of Guanxi published in Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services (ABS2*) in 2016. Recent research has centred on supply chain management in smart cities published in Production Planning and Control (ABS3*) and Millennials published in the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management (ABS2*) and Studies in Higher Education (ABS3*). 

He has supervised ten PhD completions and has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management since 2009. 

Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH)


Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH)

Dublin Institute of Technology DIT


Dublin Institute of Technology DIT

ESSCA School of Management


ESSCA School of Management

MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business


MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business

The University of Gloucestershire


The University of Gloucestershire