I have worked at various different textile manufacturers and sports brands both making and developing textiles for sports and outdoor wear
A passionate knitter, showing the world that even textiles need to be engineered
I live with my partner in Diggle a small village on the edge of Saddleworth moor. We have a crazy dog called Dora who we enjoy taking out for long walks in the local countryside.
I design and develop textile materials that are used in high performance sports
I work within the Speedo innovation team, the Aqualab. My role is to find, develop or invent new textile technologies that we can use within our high performance sports ranges.
We like to look at all different types of textiles and convert them in order to make them suitable for swim. We have used lingerie fabrics, industrial fabrics, medical fabrics, architectural materials and much more to inspire our final performance textile
My role is to take the idea and make it suitable for our end use, making sure we stick within the rules of our sport. I need to make sure that we can make our invention in big volumes, that it is commercial and that it meets all the needs of our customer
I visit lots of textile mills around the world and work closely with them to make everything a success
The end result is seeing your product on the swimmer at major races and hopefully contributing in a small way to their success.
My Typical Day
Massively depends on where we are in development process…………
At the moment I am mainly working on the development of the material for the 2020 Olympic racing suit. We have done all of our research, looked at all of our options and decided on what we would like to make. I am now working closely with our development partners to weave and knit our requirements, I am also working with our chemical partners to work out how we want to finish the material. We then need to put the materials in to suits and get our global team of swimmers to test the material for us. The development cycle then begins again after we get the swimmers feedback.
I can either be found in the office; sending emails, testing fabrics, reviewing test results, sitting in meetings or drinking coffee or at a factory conducting trials on the looms / knitting machines or even occasionally by the pool working with the swimmers on finding out how the material is performing
What I'd do with the money
Showcase what textiles can really do!
In most schools textiles tends to be about knitting, embroidery, cotton. Textiles is so much more! I would want to try and show the engineered aspect of textiles where it can help you to perform your best, perhaps save your life, be used in automotive, aeronautical engineering and perhaps answer / be your phone.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, Loyal, Curious
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Created materials that go in to products used in the Olympics and World Cups
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Speedo Fastskin swimsuit used in 2000 Sydney Olympics
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A sweet shop owner
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Ed Sheeran at the moment
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I love visiting lots of different places and meeting lots of new people around the world, which is something I am lucky enough to do with my job
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a dog that does magic tricks? A labracadabrador.