Berni Yates

Lecturer, Central Saint Martins

Berni Yates has been an instrumental figure of British fashion for the last 25 years. Through her work in Fashion Education as change maker for inclusivity and Social Justice at Central Saint Martins and as an education consultant working with grass roots organisations across the UK and more recently in the Northeast.

She has dedicated her career to supporting access to arts education for first generation and young people from lower income backgrounds. She now leads on Knowledge Exchange for the Fashion Programmes at Central Saint Martins. In 2012 she helped to establish A Team Arts Education — a robust youth arts programme based in Tower Hamlets. Yates plays a crucial role in helping young people locate their potential within fashion and the broader creative arts.

She is lead on the Education & Resource development sub-group for the British Fashion Council’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee and is a contributing editor for ELLE UK.

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