The Textile Institute News: Katie Greenyer Appointed World President

Pentland Creative Talent And Network Director Is Appointed World President Of Textile Institute

Press Release Tuesday 8th May 2018: The Textile Institute has announced that Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent and Network Director at Pentland Brands, is to be appointed the World President of The Textile Institute.

Greenyer, who started her career as a freelance designer working with the likes Red or Dead, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Next, Jigsaw, Paul Costello, Dr Martins, French Connection and Ben Sherman, received a host of nominations for the position.

Stephanie Dick, CEO of The Textile Institute says: “While Katie’s not the first World President we’ve had from Pentland Brands [Stephen Rubin, Chairman, Pentland Group plc, held the position from 2008-9], she’s certainly different from any President we’ve had before. Her vitality and passion for our industry is exactly what we need, and I have no doubt Katie will be a huge success in helping us to recruit talent into the industry, champion our Corporate Membership, accreditations and recognise and reward outstanding work in textiles.”

Greenyer says: “The Textile Institute not only offers a solid foundation of industry knowledge and techniques, which is crucial for any budding designer, it provides the opportunity to really push the boundaries of innovation.  My role as World President of The Textile Institute is to help universities and the wider industry to see the importance of accreditation and to make sure we’re doing the right things – and to have a lot of fun while doing it!”

The Textile Institute was set up in 1910 to promote professionalism in all areas associated with the textile industries and today has members from across art, design, economics, education, retail, engineering, fashion, marketing, production, science and sustainability.

Greenyer, who joined Pentland Brands over 20 years ago, when the group acquired Red or Dead, has a unique role as its Creative Talent and Network Director.  She’s the creative lead for their working environments, heads up the central design team and the Design Pool talent and is a company brand ambassador, leading relationships and research projects with universities.

Greenyer takes up the position of World President of The Textile Institute from 17th May 2018.  She will continue her full-time role at Pentland Brands throughout this time.

For more information please email or call 020 7485 0100 or email Liz Hoyle at or call 0161 237 1188.

Katie Greenyer – history in brief

2006 – present:                Creative Talent and Network Director, Pentland Brands

2018 – 2019:                                World President, Textile Institute, starting my tenure May 2018 – 2019

2017:                                          MYWW Best Project Award and What’s a great Idea? Award for Materialise Installation @ Somerset House

2017 – present:                 Freedom of the City of London, Worshipful company of Cordwainers

2016 – present:                 Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University

2016:                              British Council of Offices (BCO) award for Berghaus HQ  

2014 – present:                 Chair & Judge Cordwainers footwear awards

2003 – 2006:                    Head of Design Pool, Pentland Brands

2003:                              British Council of Offices (BCO) award for Pentland HQ

2000 – 2003:                    Special Projects Designer, Pentland Brands

1999 – 2000:                    Senior Designer, Ben Sherman

1996 – 1999:                    Designer, Pentland Brands

1993 – 1996:                    Freelance Designer

1990 – 1993:                    Liverpool School of Art and Design BA (HONS)

2.1 Fine Art Printed Textiles

About Pentland Brands

Pentland Brands Limited is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.  It owns Speedo, Berghaus, Endura, Canterbury of New Zealand, Ellesse and Mitre.  It’s the global licensee for Ted Baker footwear and Kickers in the UK and has a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear.

Its products are available in over 190 countries and are sold either directly by Group companies or are represented by licensees and distributors. Pentland Brands is a division of Pentland Group plc a, privately owned, global brand management company with wholesale and retail businesses in sports, outdoor and fashion.