Core Team


Stephen Russell – Director

Steve is Professor of Textile Materials and Technology in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. His main areas of expertise are in textile engineering, textile design and manufacture. In addition to academic research, he has nearly fifteen years product development and Company Director experience in the textile industry. More info.

Suzy Shepherd – Co-Director

Suzy’s expertise is in fashion, retail and marketing. She is a founder and Director of Leeds Fashion Works and also Yorkshire Textiles Ltd. She is passionate about the imbued excellence, the quality of the products and specialist skills that have led to the utilisation of Yorkshire’s textiles by global brands. More info.

Sue Rainton – Programme Manager

Sue joined the Future Fashion Factory at the beginning of January 2019 and brings a wealth of project / programme management experience to the team.  She has worked variously within Local Government, Regional Agencies, the Higher Education Sector and SMEs, this background giving her a broad understanding of the needs and drivers of FFF partners.