Team

Prof Stephen Russell (University of Leeds), Future Fashion Factory Director

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.

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Dr Parikshit Goswami (University of Huddersfield), Future Fashion Factory

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 Senior Tutor (Research) in Fashion at the Royal College of Art. She trained at Central St Martins School of Art and has taught extensively at institutions including Central St Martins and the London College of Fashion. She has also curated a number of fashion exhibitions and worked at several well-known fashion houses.

Susan Postlethwaite (Royal College of Art), Future Fashion Factory Co-Investigator
Dr Kevin Almond (University of Leeds), Future Fashion Factory

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

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.

Sue Rainton, Future Fashion Factory Programme Manager
Sarah Parkin, Future Fashion Factory Communications Officer

Sarah Parkin, Communications & Digital Engagement Officer

Sarah joined Future Fashion Factory in February 2019. As well as maintaining the programme’s web, email and social media presence, she also handles events, membership and media enquiries. Contact Sarah

Laura Hartley, Project Assistant

Laura joined Future Fashion Factory in April 2019. She supports the administration of the Programme, as well as our workshop and events programme.

Laura Hartley, Future Fashion Factory Project Assistant