CCTMIH Directors

Professor Stephen Russell

Prof. Russell is a textile engineer and was appointed to a personal Chair in Textile Materials and Technology in 2006. He is Director of the Nonwovens Research Group and Director of the Centre for Technical Textiles at the University of Leeds. Core research interests are primarily concerned with the manufacture and structure-property relationships of engineered textile materials and nonwoven assemblies. Current multi-disciplinary, collaborative research includes water-dispersible hygiene fabrics for improved patient care, tailored biomimetic scaffold production and therapeutic fibre development. He is a member of the peer review college of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and an Editorial Board member of The Journal of The Textile Institute and the Textile Research Journal. In 2005, he founded the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute Ltd.(NIRI), a University of Leeds spinout specialising in the industrial development of advanced nonwoven materials and processes.

Professor Andrea Nelson

Prof. Nelson was appointed Head of the School of Healthcare in 2011 and leads research in the prevention and management of chronic wounds. She has a BSc in Nursing and RGN from King’s College London and was awarded a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde. Andrea conducts high quality primary research in the diagnosis, prevention, management, assessment of risk, and experience of chronic wounds and their complications.  This has been combined with systematic reviews of the evidence in this area and in knowledge translation, for example the compilation of clinical practice guidelines, and Clinical Evidence summaries so that care providers, and commissioners are able to make clinical and purchasing decisions based on reliable evidence.

Professor Chris Carr

Prof. Carr joined the University of Leeds as Professor of Textile Science and Technology in 2013 and was immediately appointed to the management team of CCTMIH. After graduating in Chemistry from University College Cardiff (University of Wales) and obtaining his PhD he spent two years at CSIRO, Division of Protein Chemistry, Melbourne, Australia, and a subsequent year at the US Department of Agriculture, Eastern Regional Laboratory, Philadelphia, USA, before joining the Scottish College of Textiles. Later he joined UMIST, Department of Textiles and in 2004 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Textile Science and Technology. His main interests are in the modification of fibrous materials in order to improve performance as well as associated material characterization techniques, in particular the surface chemistry (XPS and ToF-SIMS). Research encompasses fibre degradation mechanisms, protein fibre chemistry and the biotechnological modification of textiles. Research collaborations involve both UK and European Institutes and companies.