The Textile Institute has appointed Pentland Brands’ creative talent and network director Katie Greenyer as its new world president.
Greenyer joined Pentland Brands more than 20 years ago, and she heads up the central design and talent teams, alongside acting as a company brand ambassador and leading research projects with universities.
As a freelance designer previously, she worked with brands including Red or Dead, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Next, Jigsaw, Paul Costello, Dr Martins, French Connection and Ben Sherman.
The Textile Institute CEO Stephanie Dick said: “Katie’s vitality and passion for our industry is exactly what we need, and I have no doubt [she] will be a huge success in helping us to recruit talent into the industry, champion our Corporate Membership, accreditations and recognise and reward outstanding work in textiles.”
Greenyer added: “The Textile Institute not only offers a solid foundation of industry knowledge and techniques, which is crucial for any budding designer, it provides the opportunity to really push the boundaries of innovation. My role as world president is to help universities and the wider industry to see the importance of accreditation and to make sure we’re doing the right things.”
The body was set up in 1910 to help promote professionalism in all areas associated with the textile industries and today has members from across art, design, economics, education, retail, engineering, fashion, marketing, production, science and sustainability.
Greenyer will take up her position on 17 May.