Surfaceskins Limited was born from a collaboration between the textile product and process development specialists Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd. (NIRI) and a team of industrial design consultants, Simon Scott-Harden (ZELOcreative) and Adam Walker (Lensnectar). One of the team was visiting a surgery, when they noticed how dirty the door plates were. This sparked the idea for a simple, low-cost, retro-fit, antibacterial fitting for doors. Hundreds of prototypes later the Surfaceskins door pushpad was launched in 2016. The Surfaceskins range of products has been developed by a team combining experienced business acumen, technical expertise and healthcare sector knowledge.
Chris has held senior management positions in multinational organisations within the healthcare sector and has successfully launched innovative impactful medical products into the UK, Europe & the USA.
Professor Stephen Russell
Steve is an internationally-renowned nonwoven materials specialist with experience of fundamental and applied research in nonwoven science and technology. He oversees technical direction to the development of products and manufacturing methods.
Technical Sales & Marketing Director
Adam has operational responsibility for marketing and the supply chain. Adam has a BSc Industrial Product Design degree from De Montfort University and has worked on many technically-demanding, high profile design projects and driven new products to international markets.
Simon has a MSc and BEng in Engineering Design and is responsible for design of the Surfaceskins products, ensuring optimal and consistent product functionality and quality. Simon has a broad background in design and has designed many products that have been successfully commercialised.
Mike previously held several senior roles with Lloyds TSB Corporate, latterly working closely with a wide range of businesses developing and implementing plans to improve business and financial performance.
Joanna is responsible for the technical development and commercial scale-up of the Surfaceskins product range. She has an Engineering degree in Textiles from the Technical University of Łódź, Poland, specialising in nonwoven fabrics.
Dr Andrew Hewitt
Technical & Marketing Manager
Andrew has over twenty years experience in the development and international commercialisation of technical textile products and processes. He has a PhD in nonwoven textiles from the University of Leeds, and a Masters Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Lancaster.