Director : Mike Bentley CText FTI
Mike is a founder member of NWTexnet and became one of our first directors when we were incorporated in 2001.
Mike has over 30 years experience in the weft knitting industry. Early work included the development of new yarns and production technology working with DuPont and ICI. After a number of years running the making up, packaging and finishing operations at Pretty Polly, (European brand leader in hosiery), he moved on to the human resource division of Sara Lee and set up the senior management development programmes for the top 40 business managers and directors.
When he left Sara Lee in 1996 he was recruited by industry leaders to set up the first National Training Organisation (NTO) for textiles and as Chief Executive he lobbied the government to invest money more into the sector. He was successful at generating over £2.6m worth of support for industry and went on to form the first trailblazer Sector Skills Council with the clothing NTO.
He is MD of an HR company and ran the Women in Work Initiative for Skillfast-UK. He has been recognised by No 10 Downing Street for his work on European Exchange programmes for managers and apprentices and is currently project manager for our highly successful leading edge training programme, Advanced Skills for Advanced Materials.
Mike was awarded CText FTI in 2011.