Lesley Raven is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University within the Manchester School Art. She is Programme Leader for a new degree course: Fashion Art Direction; a hybrid course that spans the disciplines of material and visual cultures, fashion and graphic design; she also co-leads Unit X, wide-ranging cross-disciplinary undergraduate unit that supports collaboration and professional practice development within the creative industries. Lesley is a fine art textile practitioner, a qualified Occupational Therapist and a doctorate researcher at Staffordshire University. She was a senior lecturer and consultant in London for over twenty years and has wide-ranging experience in Higher Education art and design and extensive knowledge of Outreach and Widening Participation. She has managed and directed wide-ranging projects with industry and community partners supporting arts in health, sustainability, community resilience and intergenerational cohesion. Her tripartite professionalism spans art and design, education and healthcare, and informs research into interdisciplinarity and reflective practice to support design innovation and employability.