Ian John Lewis
My working career in Textiles started in 1987 when a chance application for what was advertised as a laboratory technician turned out to be a trainee dyer position, and I was in!
Dyeing or should I say textiles gets into your blood and I was (looking back) fortunate to attend Bradford and Ilkley Community College where I gained my ONC and HNC in textile colouration. Whilst at college I changed employer moving from Walter Walker & Sons (carpet yarn producers and Dyers) to Scott & Rhodes (commission piece Dyers) as Pattern Dyer ending up as a Technical Shift Dyer, sadly due to work I was unable to take my ASDC. Next was a move back to vertical industry and the world of raised knitted fabrics and a role with J.H. Walkers as a Technical Shift Dyer and a promotion followed to Dyehouse Manager, a position I had always aspired to.
It was at J.H. Walkers that I was entered into the SDC Young Colourist of the Year award and if my memory serves me right it was my involvement with establishing a new dyehouse laboratory and development of new fabrics that my entry concentrated on, and I was especially proud to win this prestigious award.
Following a spell at Dawson Fur Fabrics where I commissioned a new dyehouse and ancillary equipment and a brief return to Walkers where I concentrated on fabrics for the high street I tried my hand at technical sales and worked at Town End (LEEDS) plc for nearly 10 years selling Dyes and developing a range of textile auxiliaries to aid the dye range.
My next and I hope my last was to be Managing Director at Advanced Colours and Chemicals Ltd.
Away from work I have had experience on committees with The Guild of Technical Dyers, Brass Bands and as board member of the Deltic Preservation Society (a registered charity) and DPS Commercial Services its trading arm.
I retired from playing the cornet when my daughter was born, working long hours and practicing daily don’t go well with a baby (as my wife comments you don’t have to practice to play trains!) and as I and a few friends embarked on building a Baby Deltic locomotive I resigned from the DPS.
Well there you are me in a nutshell; I look forward to serving on the board of the SDC, a new challenge.