Alistair became Honorary President in 2023 after he stepped down as Chairman, the role he took on in 2013 after several years as Treasurer / Finance Director. Prior to his retirement, he was a Senior Lecturer then Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University. His teaching and research owed much to his previous industrial career of over 20 years with Courtaulds, in a variety of technical and management roles.
Steph is the heart and soul of the ASBCI, running the office in Halifax and overseeing all of ASBCI's activities.
Garry has over 20 years of Retail Marketing experience with Brands such as Marks and Spencer and the Shop Direct Group. He also has spent over 10 years working with the sustainable garment aftercare brands Johnson Cleaners, Jeeves of Belgravia and is currently the Sustainability Director for GreenEarth Cleaning.
Mary is the Finance & Administration Director of Lectra. Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions—software, specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials to manufacture their products. Lectra has developed privileged relationships with customers in more than 100 countries. Its world markets cover fashion and apparel, automotive and furniture as well as other industries. Mary trained as a Chartered Account with Binder Hamlyn and worked in the auditing/accountancy profession for 9 years before making the move into the real world of Industry, working in an engineering firm then in the Carpet Industry before making the move to Lectra. Mary has been with Lectra UK Ltd for 10 years and is part of the management team with responsibility for Finance, HR, Legal, Health & Safety and Office Management.
Julie has recently been appointed Executive Dean, School of Digital, Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University and prior to becoming the ASBCI Chair in 2023 was Event Director for the Association for over 10 years.
Jane set up JEP Consultancy over 18 years ago, and works for a number of clients in Business Development, QA and Ethical Management. Jane has been in the clothing industry for over 25 years, starting as a pattern cutter at Double Two shirts, progressing to roles such as QA Manager with the BMB Group and Ethical Compliance Manager for Haddow Group.
Ian Morris BSc. (Hons) Textile Technology, C. Text. FTI , is a highly experienced textile and project management technical specialist, with 36 years experience at Marks & Spencer, plus a further 2 years of independent technical consultancy since mid 2014. His specialist fields are compliance, sustainability, quality management, and product development for clothing retailers, brands, and their vendors, to very high standards. During his three-decade career at M&S, he worked on the development, specification, delivery, and testing of products as diverse as lingerie, hosiery, knitwear, casualwear, swimwear, and outerwear.
After many years working in various sectors of the textile industry, Jonty is now the Head of Quality Sourcing for Primark.
Diane is currently a Director of the ASBCI, stepping down from the Vice Chair role which is a position she held for a number of years. She has worked for a mixture of Fabric mills, garment makers and retailers in various fabric technical roles for over 40 years. Companies include Parkland Mill, Dewhirst, ladies and menswear, Burberry and Jaeger. Diane has been a member of the ASBCI for over 30 years.
Simon Platts is CEO and co-founder of Recomme which is the start-up offering brands and retailers a workable SaaS platform solution to realise their circular programmes from resale and recycling and supporting them with the circularity regulations coming into force across the EU. Prior to this Simon was at ASOS for nearly 10 years as Responsible Sourcing Director, where his role was to oversee the company’s sourcing, packaging, ethical trade, product sustainability and 3rd-party branded engagement functions. Part of the industry for over 35 years, Simon started out his journey as a Saturday sales consultant for Next retail in the mid-1980s, before moving through the ranks into visual merchandising, buying and buying management, and finally sourcing, where he was responsible for setting up the UK arm of Next Asia Sourcing. Prior to joining ASOS, Simon was Head of Branded and Own Brand buying for Blacks and Millets, an outdoor clothing specialist. Before that, he spent eight years as Director/Partner at a supplier of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and footwear to UK High Street retailers. Outside of work, Sheffield-born Simon lives with his family in Leicestershire and pursues his passions for outdoor life and the environment.
Having initially joined in 1991, Nicholas is a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence LLP, which has offered professional and supportive legal advice to both private and commercial clients for over 160 years. The firm has several offices across West Yorkshire. Nicholas is the Head of the Litigation Department at the firm and he specialises in areas involving injunctive relief, including breaches of covenant and intellectual property rights. Nicholas went to school in Halifax and continues to be involved in many local organisations, including the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the Square Chapel, and the Halifax Minster as well as being chair of the local networking organisation, Business for Calderdale.
David was at Matalan for nearly 20 years, he served as Sourcing & Technical Director from 2013 before taking on the responsibility for Matalan’s imports department and becoming the Sourcing and Imports Director in 2020-2023. David started at Matalan in 2003 and carried out various roles within sourcing and technical including Corporate Purchasing and Technical Director. David studied clothing engineering at the Hollings Faculty from 1985 to 1988, Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to joining Matalan, David worked for Coats, a leading industrial thread and consumer textile business, responsible for technical advisory services on sewing solutions. David has been a member of the ASBCI since 2008 and on the 19th April 2021 was appointed as a Director of the ASBCI.
Paschal left M&S in 2020 after 17 years and is now working as an independent consultant and in an advisory capacity with various start up companies.