Chief Executive Officer: South African Fashion Council
Highest Degree: BTech Clothing Management, Durban University of Technology
Ms. Stanbury has spent the last 27 years working in various areas of manufacturing, with a specific focus on the fashion, clothing, textile, footwear, furniture and automotive Sectors. Eight years were spent hands-on in factories – doing planning, supervision, production management, cutting room management and work study management. This was followed by two years in retail as an Area Manager. She also spent nine years in academia as a lecturer. She was also the coordinator of the KZN Centre of Excellence for Clothing & Textiles (below higher education) and Head of Department: Clothing & Textile Technology. Thereafter she spent 2 years in clustering & business-turnaround consulting. During this period she also jointly ran a Cut, Make & Trim (CMT) clothing factory in Durban (employing 62 people).
From 2010 until January 2014, she was the Deputy Director for Clothing and Textiles, as well as the Acting Director for Manufacturing Industry Development (MID) for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development & Tourism (DEDT). The seven sectors supported by the MID unit, were Oil & Gas, Metals & Engineering, Energy, the Green Economy, Furniture, Fashion, and Clothing & Textiles.