Technical Services Team

At Manchester Fashion Institute

Manchester Fashion Institute have a dedicated team of highly skilled technicians with decades of industry and specialist experience working with some of the biggest highstreet and designer brands worldwide.

Our Technical services team work closely with design students, staff from the institute and wider university, and external clients and partners. From initial inductions and training, through to producing designs, garment ranges or images for our final year show, their expertise is a vital part of the design process.

The Technical Services Team

Our Fashion technical services team are based in both the Cavendish and Benzie buildings. They specialise in Pattern and Garment Technology, Manufacture, CAD and Textiles and Stiching.

Mary Aspinall

Technical Officer, Fashion Technology & Innovation

Susan Barke

Technical Services Business Partner

Yvonne Bell

Assistant Technical Officer, Fashion Technology & Innovation

George Beswick

Technical Officer, Technical Mechanic

Rachel Booth

Technical Services Manager

William Dill-Russell

Assistant Technical Officer

Rebecca Faragher

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Darren Gamble

Technical Team Leader, Technical Mechanics, Manchester Fashion Institute and Make More store

Jayne Gill

Technical Team Leader, Stitch & Textiles

Alicia Gledhill

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Lynne Kyte

Technical Officer, Fashion Technology & Innovation

Eve Malam

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Helen Mather

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Fiona McGuire

Assistant Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Susan Prestbury

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

James Roscoe

Technical Officer, Technical Mechanic

Marie Slater

Technical Team Leader, Fashion Technology & Innovation

Maria Sykes

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Mandy Tolley

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Geoff Watkin

Technical Officer, Technical Mechanic

Veronika Wilson

Technical Officer, Stitch & Textiles

Ella Wong

Technical Officer, Fashion Technology & Innovation

Technical Services News Stories

Sport and fashion collaborate to foster innovation

Sun 19 Dec

Student wins PrintCity Excellence Award

Sun 5 Sep

Whole-body scanning can change men’s body image

Tue 8 Jan

Environmentally friendly laser-etched denim better than bleaching

Wed 12 Dec


Our Fashion Design & Technology students work closely with our technicians and rely heavily on their support with producing their final collections.

“I cannot give enough credit to the technicians - they helped me on a daily basis with my designs and they were there whenever I had a dilemma. They make your ideas a reality and are like a fashion dictionary too.”

Niamh Clarke, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology


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