Bill Macbeth OBE FRSA is the Managing Director of the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield UK. The Centre is dedicated to improving the skills and research base of textile manufacturing companies in England, and has created, led and been involved in many innovative projects (at UK and EU level) focussed on education and skills development, entrepreneurship, process development and sustainability.
Bill has held national Skills policy positions and is active in European Employment/Education/ICT policy areas. He is a Director of the UK Fashion and Textiles Association, and represented the UK on the Euratex Director Generals’ Group in Brussels, leading on skills issues.
Between 2000 and 2003 Bill served as President of the European Regional Information Society Association. In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to Education and Skills. He is a Trustee of the ‘Cobbett Environmental Trust’, an environmental charity and the Kirklees Enterprise Foundation. Bill is also a Climate Commissioner for the Kirklees Climate Commission, chairing the Business and Economic Activity Group and also chairs the Manufacturing Sub-Group of the Sustainable Huddersfield initiative.
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