Passionate people

From our experienced buyers, to our gifted craftsmen and highly skilled designers, people are at the heart of everything we do. That is why so many of our customers have worked with Joshua Ellis for so long.

The passion and commitment our people bring to their craft is an inspiration. So take a moment to meet the team and get to know the people who help us achieve so much.

  • Jayne Woodthorpe
    Jayne Woodthorpe
    SIL GROUP - MAIN BOARD DIRECTOR
Jayne Woodthorpe
SIL GROUP - MAIN BOARD DIRECTOR

Jayne joined the SIL group in 1994 as Group Financial Director. Between 2012-2017 Jayne combined her financial skills with leading the team at Joshua Ellis as company Managing Director. In 2017 Jayne handed over the reins to Oliver Platts to allow her to devote more time to overseeing the wider group of SIL companies at a strategic board level.

  • Oliver Platts
    Oliver Platts
    MANAGING DIRECTOR
Oliver Platts
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Oliver joined the company as Managing Director in February 2017 after 14 years working in the textile industry in Scotland and London. Oliver has combined his sales experience in the luxury industry with a broader management role where he is responsible for a 250 year old design and manufacturing business.

  • Kristie Reeves
    Kristie Reeves
    DESIGN & SALES DIRECTOR
Kristie Reeves
DESIGN & SALES DIRECTOR

Kristie joined the company as a designer in 2001, having worked at two worsted cloth manufacturers. With a Master of Design from The Scottish College of Textiles, Kristie is now on the board of directors, and travels the world working with customers on bespoke design projects while directing the seasonal collections.

  • Liz Harper
    Liz Harper
    SALES MANAGER
Liz Harper
SALES MANAGER

Liz recently joined the sales and marketing team in 2013 to promote the wide variety of products available from stock. Liz has extensive experience of brand development and online retail in natural fibres and interior products.

  • Louise Rawson
    Louise Rawson
    SENIOR DESIGNER
Louise Rawson
SENIOR DESIGNER

Louise first joined the company as a graduate in 1997 with a BA (hons) in Textile Design from Leeds University. Having worked in clothing manufacture for ten years, Louise rejoined the company as a designer in 2012, working on customer developments for Europe, Russia and the Far East, and designing the seasonal collections.

  • Charlotte Knowles
    Charlotte Knowles
    DESIGNER
Charlotte Knowles
DESIGNER

Charlotte joined Joshua Ellis in 2013 as a graduate with a BSC (Hons) in Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors, from Huddersfield University. Charlotte assists the cloth designers with seasonal collections and customer developments. She also administers the company’s stock service offering.

  • Helena Leeming
    Helena Leeming
    SALES CO-ORDINATOR
Helena Leeming
SALES CO-ORDINATOR

Helena works closely with the sales, design and production teams predominantly on the wide variety of products in the Joshua Ellis stocked range. Fashion and textiles is Helena’s passion, she holds a BA(Hons) from Huddersfield University in Fashion Design with Marketing & Production and we have been lucky to have her with us since September 2016.

  • Kevin Lockwood
    Kevin Lockwood
    PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
Kevin Lockwood
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Kevin joined the company in 2013. As Production Director he co-ordinates our manufacturing, purchasing and quality assurance activities. After studying Textile Technology at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Kevin has worked in the textile industry all his career. He has held production positions with other Yorkshire textile businesses, and most recently in Scotland. He has also run his own company producing textiles.

  • Peter Cousins
    Peter Cousins
    QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER
Peter Cousins
QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER

Peter joined the company in 2015 as Quality Control Manager. In addition to working closely with the design & finishing teams on innovation and product development, Peter co-ordinates research & development, system improvements and is NEBOSH qualified. After qualifying from Bradford College with a HNC, Peter has over 30 years of experience within the UK textile industry and has held senior management positions at several large independent textiles companies, before joining the Joshua Ellis management team.

  • Dean Walton
    Dean Walton
    WEAVING MANAGER
Dean Walton
WEAVING MANAGER

Dean joined the company in 1987 as a power loom technician, having worked as a factory supervisor in the carpet manufacture industry. With a City and Guilds Certificate in weaving and tuning, Dean became Weaving Manager in 1999, and oversees inhouse warping, loom preparation and weaving.

  • Ian Ward
    Ian Ward
    FINISHING MANAGER
Ian Ward
FINISHING MANAGER

Ian joined the company in 1983 to operate our teasel gig machines in the finishing department, having studied at Dewsbury College, and worked as an apprentice textile engineer. In 1993 Ian was promoted to Finishing Manager, overseeing all aspects of finishing from scouring and milling to pressing and inspection.

  • Lee Brown
    Lee Brown
    FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Lee Brown
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Lee joined the company as Financial Controller in 2014, having previously worked in menswear manufacturing and retail environments. Lee is a graduate in sustainable performance management and a chartered management accountant.

  • Julie Savage
    Julie Savage
    EXPORT MANAGER
Julie Savage
EXPORT MANAGER

Since joining the company in 1994 as Invoice Clerk, Julie has held a variety of roles and now works as Export Manager. Julie’s diverse experience at Joshua Ellis encompasses elements of order entry, purchasing, assisting with production scheduling, fabric testing, despatch, invoicing and exporting. Export business has grown in recent years, Julie is now responsible for customer liaison and despatch to over 15 countries worldwide.

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