The CRR project team consists of:

Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse (CRR)

Nick Morley

Nick has been Director of Sustainable Innovation at Oakdene Hollins Ltd for twelve years. During that time he has been involved with a number of projects on clothing, including the Corporatewear Project run by the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, which sits within Oakdene Hollins. His other areas of interest include service systems and traditional technologies. Immediately prior to co-founding Oakdene Hollins, Nick worked in the chemical waste industry with Shanks plc. He previously worked for Burmah Castrol and Courtaulds on paints, adhesives and polymers. Nick has postgraduate degrees in polymer chemistry and business administration.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is a Technical Consultant at Oakdene Hollins and holds a PhD in nanophotonics. Paul is the coordinator of Oakdene Hollins textile sector and the Uniform Reuse site. He has recently carried out research on textile recycling technologies for WRAP and is a member of the SCAP Reuse & Recycling Working Group. Paul has experience in analysis of waste flows and materials substitution and he is also an assessor for the EU Ecolabel.

Clothing Industry Research

Dr Clare Hussey

Clare’s background is routed in the clothing industry, with an MSc in Clothing (Advanced Manufacture) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Also she holds a PhD in Design from Northumbria University, which was based on clothing industry practice and technology use. Prior to undertaking the study she spent a number of years at a large UK based clothing manufacturer, where she learnt about each of the processes from garment design to dispatch to the retailer. Having been involved in clothing for a number of years and seeing consumption grow significantly, Clare realised the value of investigation into sustainability issues associated with the sector.

Manchester University

Dr Pammi Sinha

Pammi is Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Fashion and Textile Retailing and lecturer in Fashion Management, The University of Manchester. Pammi trained as a fashion designer and subsequently gained a PhD, from the University of Salford, which examined the fashion design process across market levels in the UK women's wear sector. Pammi's main research interests in the fashion design process are to propose effective use of information and decision making for design and creativity. Projects currently being undertaken include sustainability in fashion and developing fashion markets for Tanzanian craft textiles.

De Montfort University

Dennis Waldron

Dennis is a textile technologist, though his first degree was in Metallurgy from Nottingham University where he also gained an MSc in Corrosion Science and Engineering. He recently gained an MPhil in textile technology, studying the agronomic influences on the primary processing of flax fibres, at De Montfort University.
With almost 30 years industrial experience in the man-made fibre industry involved with manufacture, development and research, Dennis has been employed in the Textile Engineering And Materials (TEAM) Research Group at De Montfort for the past 7 years. Research has fallen into two areas: firstly with natural fibres and sustainable technologies in the textile industry, and secondly support and intervention for small local textile businesses wishing to make the transition from standard commodity products into those which are considered to be technical textiles. These projects range from medical applications and defence materials to sustainable fibres and new reinforcements for composites.

His role within TEAM also involves some lecturing to undergraduates on topics related to sustainable technologies and use of fibres in engineering applications as well as support for undergraduate and post graduate research projects. Dennis is also a member of the International Review Board of the Annals of Botany.

John Williams

John is a textile technologist having gained a first degree in chemistry from Southampton University and a PhD in thermal comfort of protective clothing from The Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University.
Employed for the past 15 years at De Montfort University, John is currently in the Textile Engineering And Materials (TEAM) Research Group as a Principal Lecturer covering technical textiles, quality management, product evaluation, product innovation, sustainable technologies. He also acts as supervisor of BSc final year projects and MA, MPhil and PhD research students, and is manager of the textile testing and SmarTex Laboratories.

Away from the University, John manages a number of regional, national and international projects. His main research focus is on support and intervention for companies either in, or seeking to enter, the technical textiles / advanced fibrous materials markets. Projects range from medical applications and defence materials to reinforcements for composites and sustainable technologies including the use of natural fibres and end of life considerations. 

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Kate Riley

Kate is a final year student at De Montfort University, and is due to graduate July 2009. She has completed a year’s industrial placement with a corporate clothing company working as garment technologist, and has an interest in sustainability, recycling and reuse which she hopes to pursue further in the form of a PhD.

Sally Cowan Ltd

Sally Cowan

Fashion Designer Sally established her own freelance business in December 2004, but before that was a designer for Coates Viyella Clothing Division - which became Quantum Clothing - supplying Marks & Spencer.

In the past five years her freelance projects have been for Nottingham Trent, Birmingham and Derby Universities, The Woolmark Company, Umbro, Progressive Sports Technologies Limited and Avanti, Japan.

For Coates Viyella / Quantum Clothing, Sally headed up design for the Berghaus Coats business, translating the influence of the Berghaus Brand into Marks & Spencer, where Quantum Clothing had a departmental share of 60% within Ladieswear. Before that she worked on ‘Futures Projects’, identifying new product opportunities for shirts, underwear/lingerie, childrenswear, trousers, outerwear, knitwear and hosiery. These ‘Futures Projects’ ranged from new fibre innovation to new methods of garment construction.

Prior to CV/Quantum, Sally managed a small-run production unit for British Design Labels, developing and delivering seasonal ranges for Ally Capellino, Helen Storey, Paul Smith and Liberty Store, so she has first-hand experience of not only the designer end of the market, but also the challenges that meet the factories. 01296 337 165