The Microfibre Consortium announces organisational changes for next phase of work

The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has announced a series of organisational changes. Research director Dr Kelly Sheridan will step up to the role of chief executive officer, while founding director Sophie Mather will transition from the board to an advisory role, to support the continuity of the topic and the organisation. Coinciding with the consortium’s five year anniversary, the changes came into effect from 1 December and are designed to support the next phase of TMC’s work, which will involve an intensification of research into aspects of the fibre fragmentation challenge.

Founded in 2018, The Microfibre Consortium is a science-led sustainable textiles NGO. It is the first and only organisation that is wholly focused on the topic of fibre fragmentation in the apparel industry, and is leading the global textiles sector through The Microfibre 2030 Commitment and Roadmap. Supported by the work of TMC, signatories to the commitment are striving to deliver mitigation measures relating to unintentional fibre fragmentation and microfibre pollution (both synthetic and natural), through sustained and aligned actions.

Under the leadership of Sophie Mather, TMC has built strong foundations, a clear strategic vision, and convened the global fashion and textile sector on fibre fragmentation.  As the consortium moves into the next phase of its work, Dr Kelly Sheridan will use her extensive research experience and network to provide leadership and direction.

Sophie Mather comments: “It has been a wonderful experience to turn an ‘invisible’ apparel issue into a strategic agenda while leading The Microfibre Consortium during the last five years. Our core team and industry network have achieved a lot in that time, through setting the agenda and accountability with The Microfibre 2030 Commitment and Roadmap, and ensuring that the industry can take action with the use of the globally recognised TMC Test Method, Microfibre Data Portal and subsequent reports. However, we all recognise that there is still an awful lot of work to do, and much of that will be driven by even deeper topic knowledge. I’m delighted to hand the baton on to Kelly, and will continue to offer as much support as I can, while also putting more focus into exploring and addressing other sustainability issues through biov8tion.”

Dr Kelly Sheridan adds: “Everyone at The Microfibre Consortium is hugely grateful to Sophie for her pioneering work and the leadership that she has provided during the topic’s formative years. Her vision, strategy and energy have played pivotal roles in setting the agenda, convening the global fashion and textile sector, and laying the foundations for the consortium, which celebrates five years this month. I am honoured to continue the legacy set by Sophie and looking forward to working with the team and our external partners to deepen our understanding of fibre fragmentation and establish and promote the clear, substantive actions that the textile industry can take to reduce fibre fragmentation and its impact on the environment.”

To find out more about The Microfibre Consortium, visit www.microfibreconsortium.com. To discuss how to sign up to The Microfibre 2030 Commitment, contact findoutmore@mirofibreconsortium.com.