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Rachel Garwood has 28 years’ experience working in the leather industry. 

From 1989-2008 she worked for BLC Leather Technology Ltd undertaking several roles on an international level including problem solving for tanners, management of EU research projects, business development and finally technical support and training throughout the leather supply chain, working with brands such as Next, Burberry, Mulberry, Radley, Clarks and Alfred Dunhill.

In 2008 Rachel joined The University of Northampton (UN) as a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) and became the Director of the Institute in 2011, reporting directly to the Acting Dean for Science and Technology. Current responsibilities involve the overall management of ICLT including people management, budget management, business development, international relationships/collaborations, course development and lecturing at all levels.

Rachel is a member of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC) and a Trustee for both the National Leather Collection and Leather Conservation Centre.

Research Interests

Rachel has been involved in several publicly funded research projects during her career.

  • 2014-16: EU funded project looking at the development of the Vietnamese domestic footwear market to meet European requirements and hence increase exports.
  • 1997-98: DTI funded project looking at different market structures for sheepskin and bovine raw material world-wide. The aim was to identify the most stable system encouraging quality which could possibly be incorporated within the UK. This involved visits to hide and skin markets in Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and UK concluding in a final report.
  • 1995-97: EC funded project coordinated by the Spanish research group AIICA entitled “Optimisation of Hide Manufacture”. The role of BLC within the project was to investigate the effect of enzyme addition to a specified hair save process.

Teaching Interests

Field leader for Leather

Programme leader for Leathersellers’ Certificate (level 4)

Module leader for :

  • LEA1004 Raw Materials and End Use
  • LEA1012 Creative Applications 1
  • LEA2011 Creative Applications 2
  • LEA2012 Fashion with leather
  • LEAM019 From Hide to High Street

Rachel also co-ordinates several CPD courses to students and industry.

Education/Academic qualification



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hides and skins Agriculture & Biology
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markets Agriculture & Biology
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Projects 2016 2017


Garwood, R.


Project: EnterpriseConsultancy Corporate

6m Consultation ADC

Garwood, R.



Project: EnterpriseConsultancy Corporate

Research Output 2010 2018

  • 1 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Conference Contribution
Open Access
value chain

How new consumer power is defining activity in the tannery

Garwood, R. & Redwood, M., 1 Jan 2010, The Textile Institute World Conference Proceedings: Centenary World Conference, 2010. Manchester: Textile Institute

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

Open Access
everyday life

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop

Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Richard Hazenberg (Participant), Rachel Garwood (Participant)
31 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


Due Diligence for Healthy Workplaces in the Tanning Industry

Richard Hazenberg (Invited speaker), Rachel Jane Garwood (Invited speaker)
9 Oct 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


Health & Safety in the Tannery Supply-Chain

Richard Hazenberg (Invited speaker), Rachel Jane Garwood (Invited speaker)
31 Jan 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch