Professor Stephen Russell is an internationally recognised expert in the field of nonwovens science and technology. He has nearly 30 years of experience working in research and development. Steve has directed hundreds of technical projects for customers since NIRI was founded. He’s worked on projects involving the development of new fabrics, technologies and processes, across a multitude of different product applications. As Group Technical Director, Steve oversees technical advances across NIRI’s business operations. He also provides scientific and strategic advice to NIRI’s customers in industry. Steve is also responsible for managing and delivering NIRI’s in-house Innovation Leader Training Programme. His doctorate is from the University of Leeds (PhD, Textile Engineering). Steve has over 250 technical publications and patents relating to the fields of fibre science, nonwovens and textile engineering.