Manchester Metropolitan University 2008 - present
I am currently a senior lecturer in textile technology.
I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds gaining a BSc(Hons) in Textile Chemistry. After a period of time in industry (over 15 years!) I came to MMU and gained my MSc in Clothing Product Development.
My current academic role enables me to be involved in many of the programmes in the department, undergraduate, Masters and PhD, supporting students in their learning of basic textile technology all the way through to cutting edge developments and live industry briefs.
Working with the enterprise team I also deliver bespoke training programmes for industry and oversee consultancy projects in the textiles lab.
My PhD studies cross microbiology with textile technology, looking at biomaterials of the future.
I am part of the wearable electronics research group at Manchester Metropolitan University, investigating how fabrics and garments of the future will support the demands of society.
I have almost 20 years experience working in the textiles industry, spanning a diverse range of applications and fabrics, from branded childrens clothing, parachutes, car airbags, denims, tailoring and plenty more in between.
I've worked in many international locations including China and a 3 year stint in Morocco, supplying high street garment retailers and sporting brands. I've also worked with various textile mills developing technical fabrics for a variety of (non-garment) end uses.
I like to keep my feet on the ground by attending industry - based shows and conferences and am involved in various joint industry / academic projects at the cutting edge of textile research.