We are a small team with a big ambition. Combining our collective passion and knowledge of the leather and waste industries, we have created a framework for providing a transparent, inclusive and holistic approach to sustainability in the leather industry.
As we grow, so will our team and we are committed to employing like-minded, passionate individuals who will help drive the development of the Foundation to ensure it exceeds expectations and continues to add value and purpose for its partners.
Deborah previously managed the Leather Working Group, working with organisations around the world to improve the environmental impact of leather manufacture. As well as overseeing the day to day management of the Sustainable Leather Foundation, Deborah is also a UN/CEFACT Consultant, working on the UNECE project to “Enhance Traceability & Transparency for more Sustainable Value Chains in the garment and footwear sector” and is a Council Member of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists. Deborah is a Practitioner of the Chartered Quality Institute (PCQI) and is an accredited SA8000 Social Systems Lead Auditor.
Karl has over 25 years experience as an educator of leather technology and is currently consulting Technical Editor for International Leather Maker as well as the external examiner for the International School of Tanning Technology.
Karl is a practitioner member of the Chartered Quality Institute and is an accredited Environmental 14001 Lead Auditor. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists.
Administrator - Partnership and Finance
Terrie has a wealth of administrative experience, most notably working for FIRA International as part of the testing department, booking in new samples, raising contracts for work to be carried out, flammability testing preparations, writing reports, signing certificates and invoicing including credit control and collection of aged debt.
More recently Terrie worked for the Leather Working Group, initially as the Membership Administrator before becoming the Technical Administrator.
Inge has a wealth of experience working in the waste management industry, including complex project management and negotiation.
Inge has started and grown two businesses through careful financial management, and supporting the business set-up of Sustainable Leather Foundation is her third start-up – although her first not-for-profit. Inge is also the Managing Director of Authenticae, and a Non-Executive Director for Leather UK.
SLF Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board has been established to ensure that we have a fully rounded representation of the leather value chain involved with the Foundation right from inception.
The Advisory Board members have been selected based on their knowledge and experience in areas spanning the wider ecosystem of the industry; including farming and livestock, deforestation & land conversion, leather manufacture, chemistry, machinery manufacture & efficiency, policy & regulation, retail & consumer, leather technology, global representation and strategy.
This valued team of individuals will support the strategy, direction and tools of the Foundation to ensure we have a fit-for-purpose initiative that meets its vision to support the global leather industry and add value in an inclusive and cohesive way.