Chairman : Professor Richard Horrocks
Prof Richard Horrocks is one of the founder members of NWtexnet since 1999 and has chaired the Board since 2005.
Prof Richard Horrocks graduated in chemistry from Oxford in 1965 and gained his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1967. He was awarded Fellowship of the Textile Institute in 1986 and Honorary Life Membership for exceptional leadership as Chairman of Council in 2006.
After 3 years with ICI fibres in Pontypool he joined the University of Bolton in 1972. He commenced research into the burning behaviour and flame retarding of textiles in the mid-1970s. The research at Bolton now covers all materials and he continues to work within the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation. His main research interests are industrial textiles and heat resistant and flame retardant textiles within the context of technical textiles.
To date he has published over 180 refereed papers in recognised journals, 5 patents and 6 edited texts.
He works closely with the UK textile and related industry, is a founder member of the Northwest cluster organisation.