APLF Academy



Rachel Garwood






Rachel Garwood has 30 years’ experience working in the leather industry. During this time she obtained her BSc in Applied Biology and MSc in Leather Technology (Distinction). From 1989-2008 she worked for BLC Leather Technology Ltd undertaking several roles on an international level including problem solving for tanners, management of EU research projects, business development and finally technical support and training throughout the leather supply chain.

In 2008 Rachel joined The University of Northampton (UoN) as a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), became the Director of the Institute in 2011 and gained Associate Professor title in 2020. Current responsibilities involve the overall management of ICLT including people management, budget management, business development, international relationships/collaborations, lecturing at all levels and course development, with a specific focus on meeting industry needs.

Rachel is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Curriers, Fellow of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC) and a Trustee for both the Museum of Leathercraft (MoLC) and Leather Conservation Centre (LCC)