Karen Webster, new Principal and Dean

Leading Australian design innovator and academic joins LCI Melbourne

August 08, 2019

Ms. Webster is one of Australia’s best-known figures in the creative industry. With more than four decades of experience, she has held prominent sector roles, as the Festival Director of Melbourne Fashion Festival and most recently as the Design Director at Buzz. She has over 25 years’ education experience, having held senior leadership roles at RMIT University and The Whitehouse Institute of Design.

“I see my role at LCI Melbourne extending beyond that of an academic and design director. I want to make a positive difference to the sector and actively bring the design community together," said Ms. Webster.

“This is about nurturing the next generation of creative thinkers and innovators, as a mentor, advocate and advisor, sharing my knowledge and experience to create new opportunities.”

Prior to working in academia, Ms. Webster worked as a fashion designer in London, Sydney and Melbourne for over ten years. She was the 2012 inductee to the Stonnington (Melbourne) Fashion Hall of Fame. 

Her responsibilities at LCI Melbourne include overseeing the curriculum and further establishing its presence in the local and international design landscape.

“I am excited to foster the innovative spirit of LCI Melbourne, nurturing talent and establishing pathways to career success here and internationally,” she said. 

“Karen’s understanding of local design industries, combined with her extensive international experience, makes her a great fit for this influential role,” said Professor Warren Beddington, the LCI Melbourne Chair.

“With a history of inspiring creative teams and delivering bold and innovative programs, she is the right person to deliver our world-leading design program at Melbourne’s pre-eminent global design institute,” he said.

The Melbourne campus is part of a global network of 23 education institutes with a 60-year history educating top design talent across the world. With a student body 17,000 strong, the LCI Education network brings a strong tradition of bespoke, flexible education opportunities, and connects local creative students to the world stage. 

Global CEO of the LCI Education network, Claude Marchand said he was excited to have Karen join the network and bring her talents to the next generation of Melbourne creatives.

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