Director of Technical Projects
Our Director of Technical Projects, Graham Berry, is steeped in textile heritage, competence and expertise but we’d never describe him as ”dyed in the wool”! He’s moved with the times, embraces new technologies and innovations and is the person behind some of our most forward thinking textile developments.
Almost 40 years ago, Graham began his career as Laboratory Manager at Courtaulds, the textile conglomerate specialising in fabric, clothing, artificial fibres, and chemicals. He moved into the woollen industry working within quality and product design for apparel and textiles.
His association with Camira began in 1988 when he worked for two years for ‘Camborne’ as we were then. He then left to work within the fancy woollens industry before rejoining Camira in 2000.
Graham has been instrumental in many of our major product stories of recent years including the development of bast fibre fabrics, the introduction of Blazer, the printing onto Blazer to create the iconic Titus and Tangled ranges, not to mention the introduction of healthcare performance products, PU’s and leather.
Graham is most proud of his work alongside bast fibre research specialist De Montfort University on the ground breaking UK government funded project to design, develop and commercialise an innovative new sustainable fabric made from wool and nettles. The end result was Sting – our first bast fibre fabric -this has been followed by fabrics using hemp, jute and silk. It’s this work which led to us gaining our first Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development and Graham was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
In his free time Graham enjoys playing and watching cricket, golf and crown green bowling.