TCBL_Live featured inspirational speakers giving talks on key issues affecting the success of the textiles and clothing sector in Europe. Provocative and thought provoking, these talks opened the audience's eyes to some new or different possibilities to create business, innovate and collaborate - they will do for you, too!

Videos of each speaker's talk are available on both YouTube and Vimeo. You can download and watch via the links below.

Click here to listen to Filipe Barata

Click here for Paul Johnson

Click here for Sue Alderson

Click here to see Kate Hills

Click here to hear Fridolin Wild

Click here to listen to Bill Macbeth

Click here for Mark Shayler

The Programme

Welcome & moderation overall:

Niki Ernst, IACY

Who makes tradition?

Prof. Filipe Barata, UNESCO Chair Immaterial Cultural Heritage (ICH)

Four Generations of Clothing Transformation

Paul Johnson, WT Johnson & Sons

Leadership for the modern manufacturer

Sue Alderson, Azure Consulting

Circular fashion – Made in Britain

Kate Hills, Make it British

Augmenting Reality at Work in business and learning

Dr Fridolin Wild, Oxford Brooks University

Lasers and Plasmas – environmentally friendly surface enhancements

Bill Macbeth, Textile Centre of Excellence

Sustainable innovation

Mark Shayler,

Questions from the audience

The Speakers

Professor Filipe Themudo Barata, University of Evora, Portugal

Full Professor at the University of Évora since 2004, where he teaches several disciplines and seminars connected with History (especially Medieval), Heritage and Museology.

Former member of the Steering Committee of the Master of Museology, member of the Scientific and Pedagogic Committee of the Erasmus Mundus Master TPTI (“Techniques, Patrimoine, Territoires de l’Industrie”), member of the Steering Committee of HERIMED Association (Palermo), member and Vice-Director of the CIDEHUS Research Centre at the University of Évora, Visiting Professor at Cape Verde University and associated member of the Centre d'Histoire des Techniques (Paris Sorbonne - Panthéon). Pro bono manager of the Fondation Orient-Occident (Rabat - Morocco).

He has led several project teams concerning heritage, including the intangible heritage: Portuguese Heritage around the World. Architecture and Urbanism (a project financed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), actually: HPIP - Heritage of Portuguese Influence (; INTEREG III B MEDOCC – MEDINS (Identity is future: Mediterranean Intangible Space); INTEREG III B MEDOCC – MERCATOR (Routes des Marchands, Villes des Marchés en Méditerranée); COST A27 - Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (Landmarks).

Paul Johnson, W.T. Johnson & Sons

W.T. Johnson & Sons is one of the world's leading textile dyeing and finishing companies, based in Huddersfield, UK. Part of the fourth generation of the family business, Paul is the managing director of the company and also chairman and director of the TCoE. He also represents the industry as chairman of the Fashion and Textile Council at Creative Skillset, the advisory body to sector skills council for skills training in Fashion and Textiles.

Sue Alderson, Azure Consulting

Sue is an experienced management consultant and facilitator. She has worked in this capacity within the UK, Europe and Africa. Formerly a management consultant with KPMG, she also worked in a series of Human Resource roles within the HSBC group.

During the last 15 years Sue has developed a strong client base working with both Leaders and Managers in a variety of organisations to improve their individual performance and the performance of their respective organisations.

Dr Fridolin Wild, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Wild is a Senior Research Fellow, leading the Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) of Oxford Brookes University. With the research and development of the lab, Fridolin seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance.

Fridolin is leading numerous EU, European Space Agency, and nationally funded research projects, including WEKIT, TCBL, ARPASS, Tellme, TELmap, cRunch, Stellar, Role, LTfLL, iCamp, and Prolearn. Fridolin is the voted treasurer of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) and leads its Special Interest Group on Wearable-Enhanced Learning (SIG WELL). He chairs the working group on Augmented Reality Learning Experience Models (ARLEM) of the IEEE Standards Association as well as the Natural Language Processing task view of the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN).

Fridolin also holds the post as Research Fellow of the Open University of the UK. Before, Fridolin worked as a researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria from 2004 to 2009. He studied at the University of Regensburg, Germany, with extra-murals at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Hildesheim.

Kate Hills, CEO, Make it British

Kate Hills is the founder and CEO of Make it British. Twenty years of working as a designer and buyer for brands such as Burberry and M&S and multiple product sourcing trips overseas prompted Kate to set up the Make it British website to help promote UK manufacturing and British-made brands. Now entering its 6th year, the website has gone from strength to strength, and Kate has appeared regularly on television and radio espousing her firm belief that manufacturing in the UK is thriving, cost-effective and sustainable.

In 2014 she launched Meet the Manufacturer, a trade show and conference for the UK fashion and textiles industry. The event brings together the best of British manufacturers with buyers and designers looking to have their products made in the UK.

Bill Macbeth OBE is the Managing Director of the Textile Centre of Excellence, a company that is dedicated to improving the skills and research base of textile and other manufacturing companies in England. The Centre has almost 100 member companies who manufacture locally and globally, supplying the world’s premier fashion houses and technical textiles markets. 

From 2000 to 2003, Bill held the office of President of the European Regional Information Society Association (ERIS@), a company based in Brussels that works closely with regional governments and the European Commission to assist the take-up and implementation of new technologies.  Bill is now a patron of ERIS@ and is still active in European Employment/Education/ICT policy areas. In 2011, Bill was elected to join the Board of the UK Fashion and Textiles Association, and represents the UK on the Euratex Director Generals’ Group in Brussels.

Bill is a ‘Patron’ of the Yorkshire region and an ‘Ambassador’ for his local town of Huddersfield.  He is also a Director of the Kirklees Enterprise Foundation and a member of numerous charitable and social groups. In 2013 Bill was awarded the OBE in for services to Education and Skills.

Mark Shayler,

This is the example

Mark is a public speaker and compere as well as a business coach, strategy advisor, brand provocateur and teacher. He believes in making stuff better and making better stuff and has worked or is working with clients such as Nike, Samsung, RS Components, Gentoo, Coca Cola, Ticla, Amazon and some of the greatest small companies in the world. He is the author of "Do Disrupt: Change the status quo or become it".

mark shayler@greenape Jun 20

WT Johnson textile finishers in Huddersfield have never grown faster in their 4 generations. Manufacturing is coming home. #tcbl2016

Aston Grays@AstonGrays Jun 20

FleurGormley: MakeItBritish: Interesting talk by AzureConsult about leadership for the modern #UKManufacturer #tcb

charles ross@charlesross Jun 20 Huddersfield, England

@TextileCentre #TCBL2016: TCBL_Live Augmented Reality means that the Future of Work will be Magic - great presentation by Dr Fridolin Wild

Madelaine Cornforth@MCornforth_WTiN Jun 20 Huddersfield, England

Bill Macbeth reveals new technology that brings laser and plasma tech together and reduces energy consumption by 99.6% #TCBL2016

Hope Bespoke@hopebespoke Jun 20

Fab talk from Kate hills this morning @MakeItBritish @TextileCentre @TCBL_live

Make it British@MakeItBritish Jun 20

"Do beautiful things - work for companies that care" Great advice from @greenape #TCBL2016