Gillian Wheeler is the Principal of the Academy. Having had an interesting career in graphic design, presentation and visualisation, a variety of exhibition work and has taught Flower Design for over 20 years. Gillian has an MA in design studies from Central St Martins and was recently invited to join the selection committee for the prestigious International Floral Art publication. She has always had a passion for flowers which has enabled her to fuse her training in design and the love of flowers into the successful flower design courses that she managed at the University of the Arts London for over 15 years.
Gillian has worked on a variety of projects at many high profile venues such as Kew Gardens, English National Opera, Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery, Natural History Museum, The Banqueting House, Goldsmiths Hall and The Royal Ballet and is currently in the process of planning a book on flowers and design.
Fleur Wheeler is a graduate of Exeter University with a BA Honours Degree in Drama. She has a background in theatre and the arts and during her time at University organised large scale theatrical performances and events.
During the past six years she has worked across a range of diverse departments in retail for premium lifestyle brands. Here at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers she heads up the Retail Team, and her focus is the retail presence of The Academy within Covent Garden.
Dawn Lavelle is responsible for curriculum development and all aspects of training and education at the Academy. She has over 30 years experience of teaching, training and education management starting off in HR and Training in the Retail sector and then moving into Further and Higher Education; progressing to a Director of Quality at the University of the Arts, London.
Dawn also spent a number of years as a Director of Enterprise and Business Development before moving into a quality management role at the University and her teaching discipline encompass Organisational Behaviour, HR, Financial and Project Management at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level. Dawn has an MA in Education and Training from Brunel University, has published research and presented at international conferences.
Madeleine Mukherjee has studied flower design at Post Graduate level with distinction. Before starting at the Academy Madeleine worked at the University of Arts London as a technician, flower design tutor and a personal tutor to international students. Madeleine gives excellent support with pastoral care and has helped many students achieve their potential by giving them the opportunity to find work placements in many prestigious organisations. Madeleine has worked on many large projects including events at Kensington Palace, The Orangerie, The Houses of Parliament and Central Hall Westminster.