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.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and use my industrial experience to enhance my academic practice. I am experienced in many areas of teaching, learning and assessment, developing inclusivity and widening participation through my own continuous professional development. I am particularly interested in the virtual learning environment and how this can be used to enhance the learning experience whilst driving academic quality standards forward.
Working with the enterprise team I also deliver bespoke training programmes for international industry partners and oversee consultancy projects in the textiles performance 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 also work with the e-textiles network, a Horizon 2020 funded project, working to develop our smart textiles of the future. I have presented webinars and at conferences as part of the projects work.
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.
I am part of the Textiles 2030 initiative and sit on the advisory board, sitting with like minded professionals to guide the industry of the future.
I am also an active member of The Textile Institute, sitting on the governing council, and am honorary secretary of the Manchester and Cheshire section. As a section, we like to support students on their learning journey and host a bi-annual student friendly conference , 'Textiles and Life'.