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Following the success of the last three webinars, we will be running our first ever Webinar Week in November, where you can Listen, Learn and Get Involved

We are extending our invitation to all manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and fabric producers to this webinar to listen to the most innovative companies to understand how they are contributing to the professional clothing and textiles industry.
Webinar week

Each webinar will take place on consecutive days to include as much information as possible. Choose your webinar(s) below and click on each link to register.

Webinars are FREE to PCIAW® members, or just £12+VAT for non-members. Pay £36+VAT for all four webinars.

Sustainability Webinar

Sustainability: Are you ready to change?
Tuesday 24th November,
2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with INVISTA CORDURA® Brand

The PCIAW® have gathered in this international webinar some of the leading companies that are already making the required changes.

Studies have shown that the textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world, after aviation.

Sustainability should not be a buzz word or a marketing tool, it should be the centre of all our thought processes, strategies and planning tools. It is fundamental that we look to the past to see what we have done to our planet, to truly comprehend the changes we must make, for the industry to progress forward with a sustainable future.

Panellists:
Cindy McNaull, INVISTA CORDURA® Brand
Tim Cross, Project Plan B
Cyndi Rhoades, Worn Again Technologies
Sean Moore, Carrington Textiles
Alexandra Steger, Lenzing
Catherine Salvidge, WRAP


Webinars are FREE to PCIAW® members, or just £12+VAT for non-members. Pay £36+VAT for all four webinars.

Panellists

Cindy McNaullCindy McNaull, CORDURA® Brand Business Development Director, CORDURA® – INVISTA

Cindy McNaull is the Business Development Director for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand.

Over more than 50 years, CORDURA® fabrics have become synonymous with durability – a quality that is fundamental both to the products as well as building a more sustainable world for all. The CORDURA® brand ethos is “Sustainability Begins With Products That Last™.

In this webinar Cindy will be sharing how CORDURA® – a global fabric brand – are integrating sustainability via their ‘Pillars Program’ which addresses the challenges and opportunities in the context of these key business areas: Product Development, Process Management, and Collaborative Partnerships.

Tim Cross, Director, Project Plan BTim Cross

Plymouth based Project Plan B Director Tim Cross www.projectplanb.co.uk is a spokesperson on sustainable textiles solutions for workwear, PPE and retail markets, and C19 has amplified that passion. 

Tim is determined to create change in the recycling and end of life of garments. Leading the Project Plan B team, he has 25 years of experience in garment manufacturing in both retail and corporate clothing industries. With a wealth of business, strategy and industry expertise, Tim has helped to build, finance, grow and manage clothing companies from inception to exit. He is also a consultant on Ethical Trading, as well as leading the development of world sourcing opportunities.

Cyndi RhoadesCyndi Rhoades, Founder, Worn Again Technologies

Cyndi Rhoades is a recognised thought (and ‘do’) leader and an advocate for polymer recycling technology as an enabler for a circular textiles industry.

Cyndi founded Worn Again Technologies (originally called Worn Again) back in 2005 with a determination to make a difference and a business out of solving the challenge of textile waste from its early beginnings in upcycling to its current transformation polymer recycling technology.

Sean MooreSean Moore,  Quality Assurance Manager, Carrington Textiles

Sean Moore’s career started in 1989 as a lab junior for a M&S supplier, during that time he attended Bolton Institute to gain his Textile Institute qualifications.

His experience includes setting up the ‘flammability testing laboratory’ for Fastech, building the fabric technical department at Simon Jersey, establishing quality plans and testing regimes at offshore companies; and since 2001 Sean has been a key member of the team at Carrington Textiles setting up quality systems with global suppliers, managing the certifications portfolio and developments including our first ever hi-vis orange FR fabric. Manager

Alexandra StegerAlexandra Steger, Global Project Manager, Workwear, Lenzing

Alexandra Steger has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry.

Based on her technical background her focus was always on fabric and product development – covering application fields from automotive over medical to workwear, which is her special interest since she joined Lenzing in 2008. As Global Project Manager, Workwear, she is responsible for the implementation of Lenzing’s wood-based cellulose fibres in all kinds of workwear applications, promoting their benefits lifted by their sustainable production.

Cat SalvidgeCatherine Salvidge, Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist, WRAP

WRAP’s vision is of a world in which resources are used sustainably. Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource efficient economy by re-inventing how we design and produce products, re-thinking how we use and consume products, and re-define what is possible through re-use and recycling.

WRAP’s successful Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) programme has united organisations across the textile sector behind common sustainability goals, to collaboratively drive & deliver action on the environmental impacts of clothing.  

Catherine has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years. In her role at WRAP, she works with the clothing & textile sector on how they can achieve industry wide sustainability goals. 

PPE - Crisis or Opportunity

PPE: Crisis or Opportunity? Wednesday 25th November, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with Gerber

The shortage of PPE due to COVID-19 has exposed the flaws of the PPE industry due to its dependence on outsourced supply chains, whilst healthcare and emergency services battled the heart-breaking consequences. How will this pandemic change the PPE industry’s approach to different end-users? How will PPE companies seize this tremendous growth opportunity?

We have seen during this pandemic private equity companies being favoured over established manufacturers and suppliers. As an industry, how can we do better?

Panellists:
Richard Jessup, Gerber Technology
Adam Mansell, UKFT
Paul Bryce, Ansell (UK) Ltd.
Samantha Fernando, Keela International
Alan Murray, British Safety Industry Federation
Roy Wilders, British Safety Industry Federation


Webinars are FREE to PCIAW® members, or just £12+VAT for non-members. Pay £36+VAT for all four webinars

Panellists

Richard JessupRichard Jessup, Sales Director – Europe, Middle East & Africa, Gerber Technology

Richard Jessup is Sales Director for the EMEA Region at Gerber Technology. He is responsible for managing the Gerber direct sales team, each of whom are challenged to empower our customers through the use of technology, helping them to be more efficient, productive and generate more revenue. Richard has over 20 years experience of both enterprise level software and technology based capital goods. Over the last 5 years he has developed knowledge and a passion for the fashion and apparel industry, understanding the challenges faced and driving change to overcome these.

Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT

Adam Mansell joined the industry 25 years ago. He has worked across a wide number if trade bodies.

Having represented all aspects of the fashion and textile supply chain, Adam has links to every part of the industry from design, fabric and component suppliers, wholesalers, brands, manufacturers and retail.

Adam leads the team at UKFT and has overseen the expansion of UKFT’s activity and membership. The organisation represents over 2,000 business, helps over 1,000 companies with their export strategy and is the government appointed Sector Skills Body for the industry. Adam has also led on the development of the manufacturing membership of the organisation. As well as running the organisation Adam focuses particularly on government relations, regular briefing Minsters, MPs and civil servants.

Adam also represents the industry on a wide range of panels and groups and is Chair of the Future Fashion Factory, a £5 million industry research project. He is also currently President of Ginetex, the international care labelling organisation.

Adam regularly comments on industry issues in the trade and national press.

Paul BrycePaul Bryce, Vice President & General Manager, Chemical Solutions SBU – Industrial Global Business Unit, Ansell (UK) Ltd.

Paul Bryce joined Ansell in 2015 following their acquisition of Microgard, a family owned and specialised manufacturer of chemical protective clothing. For 125 years, Ansell has provided innovative solutions for safety, well-being and peace of mind to millions of people….at work, at home and in harm’s way

Having played an integral part in the successful integration of the two companies, Paul is now Vice President for the Chemical Solutions Strategic Business Unit and a member of Ansell’s Executive Leadership Team; with responsibility for a global business comprised of hand and body chemical protection solutions; under the core brand of AlphaTec® (https://www.ansell.com/gb/en/about-us/our-people/executive-leadership)

Paul is also a non-executive Director/Board Member for the British Safety Industry Federation (www.bsif.co.uk)

Samantha FernandoSamantha Fernando, Sales Director, Keela International

We are a family run SME manufacturer. Keela is a technical brand & manufacturer of outdoor clothing and equipment. We supply to the outdoors and our biggest sector is Emergency Services including Ambulance, Police and Military. Ardmel is an specialised manufacturer of machinery and consumables mostly for the clothing, medical and automobile sector. 

Samantha has worked with the company for over 20 years starting as a Sales Rep for 7 years based in Nottingham. Chairman of the OIA Development Board and sitting on the executive board for the OIA  (Outdoor Industry Association). CBI – Committee member on Scottish Board also on the International Trade & Investment Council (ITIC). 

Currently we are helping our emergency services customer base during CV19 crisis. In addition recently awarded NHS contract for gown manufacturer in the UK BBC News story (to do this we have increased our manufacturing facility significantly and purchased a new factory to ensure social distancing). Linked In page

Roy WildersRoy Wilders, Manager – Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, British Safety Industry Federation

Roy Wilders has been in the Safety & Health Industry since the mid 90’s and took up the role of Registered Safety Supplier Scheme Manager in early 2019.

The RSSS is an accreditation scheme for businesses that sell and market safety equipment/services and/or PPE. We market under the slogan “anyone can but safety, but you wouldn’t buy safety from anyone”

The Registered Safety Supplier Scheme seeks to improve the quality of PPE, Safety equipment and services as well as the capability of economic operators in the UK Occupational Health and Safety Market, whilst eliminating unsafe, non -compliant and illegal safety products and services, helping to keep people safe and healthy while they are at work.

During Roy’s time with the BSIF so far, he has helped evolve the scheme to provide more specific audit capabilities outside of the PPE arena as well as managing testing and assessment of Non-Member PPE in the marketplace.

Alan MurrayAlan Murray, CEO, British Safety Industry Federation; President, European Safety Federation

Alan Murray has been in the Safety and Health Industry since the 1980’s – He has led the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) as Chief Executive since the start of 2014.

The BSIF is dedicated to supporting those who keep people safe and healthy at work and passionate that Safety and Health in the UK is appreciated as the force for good that it is. In setting about to transform the Safety Industry supply chain, BSIF administers the Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme ensuring quality products are available to users through a capable suppliers. BSIF also manages the Fit2Fit Respiratory Protection Face Fitting Accreditation programme. The BSIF is the recognised Trade Body for the UK Safety and Health market and our members include manufacturers and distributors of Personal Protective Equipment as well as specialist service providers to the Safety and Health market.

Over the last 2 years BSIF has been guiding the market on the transition to the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and advising on the impacts of Brexit.

During 2020 BSIF has been front and centre of the PPE & Covid 19 challenges supporting the authorities on sourcing and market surveillance.

In 2019 Alan Murray became President of the European Safety Federation, the grouping of national bodies whose work is focused on lobbying and advising within the organisation of the EU.

UKCA Marking of PPE

UKCA Marking of PPE
Thursday 26th November,
2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with SATRA

The pandemic has changed the world as we know it and Brexit will be changing Britain as we know it. From the 1st of January 2021, the UK is expected to adopt its own PPE legislation, including the use of a new UKCA mark for the first time in decades.

Our team of panellists are here to explain what this means to the industry and discuss how it can affect UK businesses and their international trading partners. This webinar should equip listeners with the knowledge to prepare for the upcoming changes.

Panellists:
Simon Courtney, SATRA
Adam Mansell, UKFT

Webinars are FREE to PCIAW® members, or just £12+VAT for non-members. Pay £36+VAT for all four webinars

Panellists

Simon CourtneySimon Courtney, Divisional Manager, Consumer Products, SATRA

Simon Courtney is SATRA’s Divisional Manager Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) testing and certification business within the UK and in Europe. He joined SATRA in 1995 and has been involved with a wide range of product testing, test method development and technical training. He is the chair of the UK’s shadow committee for glove test standards and is a convenor for several other European and International protective clothing committees.

Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT

Adam Mansell joined the industry 25 years ago. He has worked across a wide number if trade bodies.

Having represented all aspects of the fashion and textile supply chain, Adam has links to every part of the industry from design, fabric and component suppliers, wholesalers, brands, manufacturers and retail.

Adam leads the team at UKFT and has overseen the expansion of UKFT’s activity and membership. The organisation represents over 2,000 business, helps over 1,000 companies with their export strategy and is the government appointed Sector Skills Body for the industry. Adam has also led on the development of the manufacturing membership of the organisation. As well as running the organisation Adam focuses particularly on government relations, regular briefing Minsters, MPs and civil servants.

Adam also represents the industry on a wide range of panels and groups and is Chair of the Future Fashion Factory, a £5 million industry research project. He is also currently President of Ginetex, the international care labelling organisation.

Adam regularly comments on industry issues in the trade and national press.

Manufacturing & Sourcing

Manufacturing and Sourcing
Friday 27th November,
2:30pm - 4:00pm
In partnership with Gerber

In a global world, where businesses need compete on an international scale, do manufacturers and suppliers have the resilience to cope in a disrupted market. In the pandemic, we saw borders close, prices increase and goods simply not being delivered.

Now what contingencies are being put in place to change the processes in the future?

Panellists:
Jonathan Edberg, Cobmex Apparel UK Ltd.
Richard Jessup, Gerber Technology
Rob Sayles, Seahawk Apparel
Steve Zalkin, NAUMD

Webinars are FREE to PCIAW® members, or just £12+VAT for non-members. Pay £36+VAT for all four webinars.

Panellists

Jon EdbergJonathan Edberg, Executive Vice President, Cobmex Apparel UK Ltd.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jon grew up surrounded by family and friends who were in the apparel industry. Following his completion of high school in 2003, Jon took time off to travel overseas with friends. Upon returning to Toronto in the summer of 2004, Jon found a part-time job working at Cobmex as a warehouse associate while deciding what his career path was going to be (he always wanted to be a lawyer). While this was not the career path he had envisioned for himself, his fascination for the apparel industry, specifically the uniform industry quickly became apparent and low and behold, his career in apparel had begun. Jon swiftly moved up in the ranks at Cobmex as he went from a Sales Representative to Sales Director, and eventually Executive Vice President in 2020.

Richard JessupRichard Jessup, Sales Director – Europe, Middle East & Africa, Gerber Technology

Richard Jessup is Sales Director for the EMEA Region at Gerber Technology. He is responsible for managing the Gerber direct sales team, each of whom are challenged to empower our customers through the use of technology, helping them to be more efficient, productive and generate more revenue. Richard has over 20 years experience of both enterprise level software and technology based capital goods. Over the last 5 years he has developed knowledge and a passion for the fashion and apparel industry, understanding the challenges faced and driving change to overcome these.

Rob SaylesRob Sayles, Managing Director, Seahawk Apparel

Rob has over 30 years experience in the industrial and MRO supplies industry. As Operations Director with a large multinational organisation, he successfully led a UK-wide team of over 500. He was critical to the success of the business, helping to grow a strategic national network of sites, driving operational efficiency and improving profitability.

In 2016 he joined Scott Group, as Managing Director of industrial distributor, Scott Direct and specialist protective garment manufacturer, Seahawk Apparel. In five years, Rob has led a transformational business improvement strategy. His natural collaborative leadership style has been key to his success in delivering positive cultural and operational changes which are driving sustainable financial improvement.

Having established the necessary solid foundations, Rob is now focussed on the development and implementation of Scott Direct’s B2B digital strategy.

Steve ZalkinSteve Zalkin, President of the North American Associations of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD)

Steve Zalkin has had a passion for the uniform industry his entire professional career. After receiving his Master of Science in Finance in 1985 he started in the uniform industry with a local Omaha distributor. In 1987 he opened Alamar Uniforms on his own and over the next 30 years continued to grow the company into stores in three states. In 2016 he sold the company and embarked on chapter two with the NAUMD. Steve had always been active with the organisation including chairing the Board from 2010 – 2012. Upon selling his company Steve was approached by the NAUMD Board to fill a leadership role and the rest is history.