NIRI names Matthew Tipper CEO, announces other appointments
Posted October 15, 2020
LEEDS, U.K. – The Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) announced that it has appointed Dr. Matthew Tipper its CEO.
Tipper joined NIRI at its founding in 2005 and previously held positions as operations director and business director. He is a Ph.D. level textile engineer who prior to NIRI worked for several leading nonwoven producers in manufacturing and technical roles supplying multiple markets including healthcare, medical, wipes, automotive and filtration.
Since joining NIRI he has helped deliver more than 550 projects for over 220 companies worldwide – many of which came back for more. Combining high-level technical skills and commercial acumen, he has helped NIRI grow into a thriving organization with a reputation for accelerating innovation and developing commercially viable products.
“I am delighted to be appointed as CEO and look forward to helping our customers grow their businesses – that way our business will grow,” Tipper said.
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many markets, creating both new challenges and opportunities. NIRI has been working closely with the whole supply chain to help meet the growing demand for PPE, in particular face masks and surgical gowns. Despite the disruption to nonwoven businesses, NIRI continues to help companies tackle the sustainability challenge, particularly focused on making products more biodegradable, marine-degradable, home compostable and recyclable.
“Protecting people against COVID-19 and sustainability are two key drivers for innovation across many product sectors, Tipper said. “We are proud to support the industry by providing subject matter expertise as well as actively contributing to making the world a safer and more sustainable place."
Meanwhile, Dr. Vera Chetty has been appointed chief technical officer (CTO) of NIRI and will work closely with Tipper to deliver NIRI’s portfolio of consultancy projects. Chetty has worked for NIRI for over 10 years and has helped deliver over 350 industrially funded consultancy projects.
With over 20 years of experience within the field of technical textiles and nonwovens, she has worked for a variety of nonwoven research institutions and companies globally. In addition to consultancy, Chetty has published numerous conference and journal papers, and contributed to filing patents. She also regularly reviews papers submitted for publication in Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textiles.
NIRI’s technologies are continuing to expand with the development of new IP and licensing agreements. Most notably, SurfaceSkins Limited is growing rapidly having recently scaled-up to a new manufacturing facility, meeting infection control demands from a global market.
Consequently, Chris Fowler and Prof. Stephen Russell have been appointed group managing director and group technical director, respectively.
“It’s an exciting time for NIRI as we continue to grow in this turbulent market,” Fowler said. “We are very pleased to appoint and support Matt and Vera in their new roles and look forward to a prosperous future.”