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.
Parikshit Goswami, Co-Investigator
Parik is Professor of Technical Textiles at the University of Huddersfield. His domains of research are product development using flexible materials and application of chemistry for functionalising textiles. He manages a large profile of research concerned with fibre/polymer science, nonwovens, medical textiles, sustainable materials, nano/submicron fibres, and plasma treatment for functionalising textiles and textile chemistry. More info
Susan Postlethwaite, Co-Investigator
Susan is Professor or Fashion Technologies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She trained at Central St Martins School of Art and has taught extensively at institutions including Central St Martins, the Royal College of Art and the London College of Fashion. She has also curated a number of fashion exhibitions and worked at several well-known fashion houses.
Kevin Almond, Co-Investigator
Kevin is Lecturer in Fashion Design at the University of Leeds. He has held various appointments in the fashion industry and academia, with research interests including creative pattern cutting, clothing/fashion dichotomies, sculptural thinking in fashion, and fashion as masquerade. More info
Jill Green, Programme Manager
Jill has a wide range of marketing and project management experience gained across industry from SMEs to global Companies, the third sector and higher education. Having worked in product development, branding and innovation, she has a keen interest in industry-led R&D and new technologies.
Stephanie Galij, Project Assistant
Stephanie provides administrative support for all of Future Fashion Factory’s activities. She is a Fashion Design graduate and previously worked in buying and merchandising.