About The Foundation

The founders of the Circular Textiles Foundation come from a garment design and manufacturing background.

Aware of the environmental impacts of the textile industry, they looked at how to improve the way things are done.

Realising that switching to recycled materials was simply not enough if the garment still cannot be recycled at end of use, they identified the need for fibre to fibre recycling technologies and used all the research and learnings to create the Circular Textiles Foundation.

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Tim Cross

Director

Tim has 30 years of experience in garment manufacturing.

In the last 5 years, he’s been focused on supporting fibre to fibre recycling systems, specifically for post-consumer textiles, as Director of Project Plan B, a thermomechanical textile polyester recycler, in the UK.

His work at the Circular Textiles Foundation sees him leading the adoption of circular principles and practices by multiple brands and retailers across the UK.

Jenny Valarino

Head of Circular Design

With over 20 years of experience in garment design across womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear, Jenny’s experience spans high street to high-end fashion, and her expertise exists across the entire product life cycle. 
As Head of Circular Design at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Jenny collaborates on circular design solutions to reduce clothing impact. Passionate about using design to tackle industry challenges, she is dedicated to driving change through innovative solutions. 

Padouk Fielding

Head of Brand Partnerships

Padouk brings over 12 years of experience in partnership development and project management, working across multiple sectors, from international development to circular fashion innovation.
As Head of Partnerships at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Padouk builds impactful and lasting relationships with brands on their journey to circularity. Padouk is dedicated to driving positive change and firmly believes in the power of strong relationships and collective action.

Ruth Hickman

Senior Circular Projects Associate

With over 15 years of experience working within the fashion industry, Ruth’s background is in buying and brand strategy and spans large corporates through to independent start-ups.
As Senior Circular Projects Associate at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Ruth oversees communication and marketing in order to platform the work of the CTF. She is passionate about sufficiency-orientated lifestyles, circular business models and keeping clothes out of landfill. 

Hannah Hamlin

Senior Circular Designer

With a background in fashion design and 9 years’ experience within commercial high-street and boutique fashion brands, Hannah is passionate about changing the industry for the better and is currently studying the 2nd year of her Masters in Sustainable Fashion in her spare time.

As Senior Circular Designer at the Circular Textiles Foundation Hannah bridges the gap between recyclers and in-house design teams, demonstrating creative design solutions to circularity and recyclability issues within the industry.

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Tim Cross

Director

Tim has 30 years of experience in garment manufacturing.

In the last 5 years, he’s been focused on supporting fibre to fibre recycling systems, specifically for post-consumer textiles, as Director of Project Plan B, a thermomechanical textile polyester recycler, in the UK.

His work at the Circular Textiles Foundation sees him leading the adoption of circular principles and practices by multiple brands and retailers across the UK.

Jenny Valarino

Head of Circular Design

With over 20 years of experience in garment design across womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear, Jenny’s experience spans high street to high-end fashion, and her expertise exists across the entire product life cycle. 
As Head of Circular Design at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Jenny collaborates on circular design solutions to reduce clothing impact. Passionate about using design to tackle industry challenges, she is dedicated to driving change through innovative solutions. 

Padouk Fielding

Head of Brand Partnerships

Padouk brings over 12 years of experience in partnership development and project management, working across multiple sectors, from international development to circular fashion innovation.
As Head of Partnerships at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Padouk builds impactful and lasting relationships with brands on their journey to circularity. Padouk is dedicated to driving positive change and firmly believes in the power of strong relationships and collective action.

Ruth Hickman

Senior Circular Projects Associate

With over 15 years of experience working within the fashion industry, Ruth’s background is in buying and brand strategy and spans large corporates through to independent start-ups.
As Senior Circular Projects Associate at the Circular Textiles Foundation, Ruth oversees communication and marketing in order to platform the work of the CTF. She is passionate about sufficiency-orientated lifestyles, circular business models and keeping clothes out of landfill. 

Hannah Hamlin

Senior Circular Designer

With a background in fashion design and 9 years’ experience within commercial high-street and boutique fashion brands, Hannah is passionate about changing the industry for the better and is currently studying the 2nd year of her Masters in Sustainable Fashion in her spare time.

As Senior Circular Designer at the Circular Textiles Foundation Hannah bridges the gap between recyclers and in-house design teams, demonstrating creative design solutions to circularity and recyclability issues within the industry.