Mr Keith Cowlishaw


Executive Director Vocational Education

School /
Work Unit

Office of Director Vocational Education

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3580


Building: 001
Level: 02
Room: 001

City campus


Engagement & Vocational Education

Key activities

Keith Cowlishaw has a broad industry background in the Textile industry. Prior to joining RMIT University in March 2005, he held a number of senior marketing and business management positions with DuPont Nylon, JGL Investments and ICI Fibres. He has had extensive industry experience working in overseas markets with a particular focus on Asia Pacific countries. Whilst at RMIT he has held the positions Head of School Fashion and Textiles and also Design TAFE.

He is especially interested in developing sustainable industry linkages through the connectivity of vocational education. He is currently completing a PhD exploring the relationship between industry policy and innovation.


B. App. Sci. (Applied Chemistry)

Industry experience

Committees and related activities

  • Director Brunswick Business Incubator
  • Member of RMIT University Planning and Resources committee
  • Member RMIT University Academic board
  • Member of Australian Textiles Innovation Centre
  • Retained as consultant for Vietnam Man Made Fibre industry by Jade River


  • Conference Paper ITMF Mauritius Sustainability Challenges for the Textile Industry-Ecological necessity, Social Responsibility and Profitability 2008
  • Conference Paper IFFTI Taiwan Managing the Implementation of Sustainability Concepts within educational programs 2010
  • Kylie Budge, Keith Cowlishaw, Student and teacher perceptions of learning and teaching: a case study Journal of Further and Higher Education 2011