Ellis Developments Limited
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Full Curriculum Vitae of
Professor Julian G. ELLIS OBE
M.Phil, C.Text, FTI, MRSC, MAE
Office: Far Close, Rolleston Road, Fiskerton, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0UJ
Tel: 07976 425899
CHAIRMAN, Ellis Developments Ltd, since 1984. Research and Development company involved in both contract research and in-house product development in the field of textile material science for engineering and other applications, particularly composites and surgical implants. Projects include managing the development of Inkjet printing technology for tissue engineering funded by The UK Micro- and Nano- Technology Programme, a Health Technology Devices project for the development of Spider-like silk for surgical applications; a project to incorporate micro sensors into Carbon Composite Structures; a Faraday Advance project to develop node and truss structures using new materials for the improvement of wing structures for civil aircraft: the main project sponsors being Airbus UK and the Department of Trade and Industry; Management of a £700,000 LINK collaborative research project developing fibre placement techniques for reinforced plastics; a £25,000 project to increase the life of artificial hip implants; a £350,000 MedLINK collaborative project, funded by the Department of Health, to improve textile vascular implants for minimally invasive surgery and Membership of a £2.4m Foresight LINK project to develop new approaches for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Our patented technology for CADCAM manufacture of surgical implants by embroidery methods is licensed, and Ellis Developments provides further research, development and technological support to the licensee. Winners of £37,500 in Department of Trade and Industry’s SMART competition, for weaving techniques in 1988 and winners of a further award in 1999.
We also carry out many confidential projects for clients in a variety of technical applications.
TECHNICAL CONSULTANT (SELF-EMPLOYED) in textile technology, since 1982. Mainly Investigating and reporting on textile matters in relation to litigation, and acting as an expert witness (with numerous court appearances and cases ranging from murder and rape to disputes over commercial contracts for fabric and garment manufacture.). Special interests include flammability of textiles, load-bearing textiles, stitching, embroidery, and patent matters. Also providing specialist technical and technically related advice for manufacturing concerns in textiles. Department of Trade and Industry Quality Initiative listed consultant 1986-92, working with textile and garment manufacturers to initiate and develop their quality systems. Other assignments include provision of technical company assessments and advice for Eastern European textile manufacturing concerns.
HONORARY PROFESSOR in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, since 2011, and formerly Special Lecturer, School of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Nottingham, from 1992 to 2010. Acting as an advisor to a number of departments of the University on matters relating to fibres and textile structures. Also advising and assisting on commercially related research. Acted as manager for the LLIMP project, a completed £400,000 project to examine lower limb injuries in car accidents and advise on methods of prevention, and liaison officer with the parallel vehicle design project run within the vehicle industry., and have collaborated on a number of projects with the University in both medical and engineering technologies.
1983-1984 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - W Ribbons Ltd, Tonypandy, Rhondda, South Wales. Reporting to the Group Managing Director, responsible for product development of high technology narrow fabrics for the aerospace and automotive industries.
1975-1982 QUALITY CONTROL AND FINISHED GOODS MANAGER - Jones Stroud Textiles, Long Eaton, Nottingham. Reporting to the Works Director. Recruited to implement and develop systematic quality control for the division, which manufactured elastics and narrow fabrics. Gradually assumed responsibilities for the dyehouse, laboratory services, product development, inspection, packaging stock and stock control of the 1500 product lines, order assembly, despatch and technical customer service, particularly technical customer complaints.
1973-75 QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER - Clutsom-Penn (UK). Ltd. COURTAULDS GROUP Reported to the Works Manager of the company, making elastomeric and stretch raschel and circular knitted fabrics, and dealing with customer complaints.
1972-73 PRODUCTION CONTROLLER Clutsom-Penn (UK). Ltd. COURTAULDS GROUP
1971-72 RESEARCH ASSISTANT - Courtaulds Research Division, Coventry. Developing nylon and polyester yarns in pilot plant, particularly carpet yarns and speciality hosiery yarns. Plant commissioning.
1969-1971 VICE-PRINCIPAL, Light College, Katikamu, Uganda, while on leave-of-absence from Courtaulds for Voluntary Service Overseas. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, a remote secondary boarding school with 400 pupils and 15 African staff, as well as teaching physics and biology.
1967-1969 RESEARCH ASSISTANT - Courtaulds Research Division, as above.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
M.Phil. by thesis: Some Characteristics of Woven Narrow Elastic Fabrics, Nottingham Trent University, 1984
Fellow of the Textile Institute, (FTI) 1985, following the demonstration of a body of work indicating a "major creative contribution to advancement in the field of textile technology" Previously an Associate Member by examination and exemption (Leicester De Montfort University) 1974. The Textile Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter, and its Fellowship is internationally recognised as the highest professional qualification in textile technology.
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (M.R.S.C.) in Chemical Techniques (Warley College, Birmingham) specialising in analysis, 1973. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a body incorporated by Royal Charter. The award followed a course of study followed by examination and the submission of a dissertation on the flammability of acrylic textiles.
Higher National Certificate in Chemistry (Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry) 1970
Member, Academy of Experts, 1991 (MAE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Queen's Birthday Honours, 2004
CHAIRMAN of the Independent Monitoring Board, HM Prison, Nottingham Jan 1998 - Dec 2000. The IMB is part of the official watchdog body for prisons in England and Wales, reporting directly to the Home Secretary. Vice Chairman 1997, 2001. Member for over 22 years, from 1986 to 2009. Independent Monitoring Boards have been renamed and were formerly known as Boards of Visitors.
Member of the Independent Monitoring Board, HMP Doncaster, from September 2006 to September 2007
Member of the Local Review Committee of the Parole Board from 1987 to 1994.
National Trainer, Independent Monitoring Boards (Boards of Visitors) 1999 - 2009
Member of the Invention for Innovation Late-stage Selection Panel from 2010 to 2014 and a member of the Programme Management Committee of its predecessor, the Health Technology Devices programme of the Department of Health, since 2002, also monitoring projects on behalf of the committee and the DoH.
HONORARY PROFESSOR, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.
Chairman, East Midlands Technical Textiles Forum from its inception in 2000 to 2004. Promoting the research, development and commercial exploitation of technical textiles in the region.
Chairman, Association of Members of Boards of Visitors 1991 -1994. Specially appointed to raise the profile of the work of Members of Boards of Visitors, and to provide a focus for media requirements for an independent informed viewpoint on penal matters, as well as providing a central contact point for members of the Association. Raised finance for, organised and chaired three national training conferences. Developed considerable experience of radio, television and newspaper exposure. Executive Committee member 1989 - 1997
PRESIDENT, Nottingham Textile Society 1996-98
Former Regional Chair, Industrial Trust - East Midlands
Member of an EPSRC peer review panel of Technitex Faraday partnership research programme 2005
Member, European Thematic Network on Medical Materials, MatMed 1998 - 2001
Chairman of the Narrow Fabrics Group Committee, Textile Institute 1985-88, Committee Member 1976-1992
Chairman, Nottingham University Composites Club 1992-1994, a technical group involved in the development of collaborative research in the field of fibre reinforced materials.
Member, British Standards Institution Committee TCM7, (Narrow Fabrics) 1986-89, representing the Textile Institute
Many radio and television broadcasts and published articles on both textiles and penal affairs, in UK and abroad.
Formerly Vice-Chairman, Nottinghamshire Group, Voluntary Service Overseas. Committee member 1975 - 1995
Part-Time Tutor in Computing, Department of Adult Education, University of Nottingham 1982 -1990
Some spoken French and German
Trustee, Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum
Member of the Bursaries Committee of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters
Freeman of the City of London
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters
Churchwarden and Member of local Parochial Church Council
Chairman, Rolleston Village Hall Management Committee.
Former Trustee, The J W Harris Charity
Former Trustee, Gedling Parochial Charities
Public and After-Dinner speaking.
A very wide range of interests includes Gardening, Walking, Quizzes, Reading.
Specialist Training Courses Attended include:
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Nottingham University 1991
Single Joint Expert Training, Bond Solon Legal Training, 1999
Advanced Counselling Skills, Nottingham University 1990
Team Performance Review Methods 1998
Export Office Procedures 1982
Financial Management 1980-81
Presentation Techniques, PSTB, 1999
Recruitment and Selection, Industrial Society, 2000
Parole Procedures, Home Office, 1989
Adjudication Procedures, Home Office, 1988, 1990
Preforms for Composite Materials (also session speaker) Polytechnic South West 1989
Bones, Joints & Implants, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London 1990
Regular courses and training in relation to the work of Boards of Visitors
Regular courses and training on computers, information technology and medical matters.
Patents and Patent Applications include: -
UK Patent Application 0713223.6 Textile Scaffolds for use in Tissue Engineering
WO 03007848 Tubular Structure
European Application 02745620.1 Stent
US Patent 4665951 Prosthetic Ligament
Hong Kong Patent 1014477 Textile Surgical Implants
European Patent 0153831 Prosthetic Ligament and Instruments for the Surgical Replacement of Ligaments
UK Patent 2183682 Elastomer-free Stretch fabric
UK Patent 2203342 Radio-Opaque Tracer for Surgical Implants
US Patent 5990378 Textile Surgical Implants
European Patent EP 0358324 Prosthetic Ligament
Patent WO 9011735 Prosthetic Ligament (Medial Collateral Ligament)
Patent WO 9012912 Tissue Repair System
UK Patent 9000774.1 Bone Replacement System
UK Patent 9110354.9 Soft Tissue Repair Tape
UK Patent 9115821.2 Reinforcement for Holes in Composite Materials
UK Patent 9218539.6 Device for the relief of strictures of the oesophagus
UK Patent 2270264 Palliative Stent and insertion device
UK Patent 9510637.3 Device for the repair of the rotator cuff of the shoulder
UK Patent 9507648.5 Method for placing reinforcing fibres in fibre reinforced composite materials
European Patent 96303741.1 Textile Surgical Implants
European Patent EP 0744165 Device for the Reinforcement of the Rotator Cuff of the Shoulder
UK Patent 2322505 Components for Loudspeakers
PCT International Patent WO99/37242 Reinforced Graft
UK Patent 9816066.6 Method for manufacture of textile reinforced composite material
Journal Papers include: -
Forward DP, Coffey F, Wallace WA, Ellis J: Knee Injuries sustained in pedestrian road traffic accidents. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Br) Orthopaedic Proceedings 85-B: Issue Suppl 1, 13 (Abstract)
C D Rudd, N A Warrior and J Ellis Embroidered Reinforcements for Structural Composites Materials Technology Vol 12 No1 Jan/Feb 1997
J G Ellis Configuration of yarns within a woven narrow elastic fabric Band- und Flechtindustrie 2/1989 pp 64-74.
Ellis JG The Effect of Dyeing and Finishing on Narrow Elastic Fabrics Band-und Flecht Industrie, Melliand 2/1981 p 50-54
Conference Presentations include: -
Tomorrow’s Textiles, Royal Society of Arts, Nottingham, December 2011
Adding Value...and why innovation must be a continual process (Keynote Lecture), TechTextil Conference, Mumbai, October 2011
Opportunities for Textiles in Composites, (Keynote Presentation) World Textile Conference of the Textile Society of India. Mumbai, May 2011
Managing Innovation, Textile Institute Managing Innovation Conference, Manchester, May 2010
Biocompatible Textile Implants, EMMAT, Nottingham, February 2010
Commercialising Medical Technology . Yorkshire Forward, Leeds, February 2010
The Development of Embroidery of Surgical Applications - Euratex Innovation Conference, Brussels, May 2007 (Invited Lecture)
Jeyam M, Roy B, Jeon I-H, Ellis J, Neumann L, Wallace WA, Medium-Term Results of an Embroidered Polyester Augmentation Device for the Treatment of Large and Massive Rotator Cuff Tears, SECEC-Esse, Athens, September 2006
Ellis JG - Recent Advances on Forensic Textiles, Royal Society of Medicine, October 2004 (Invited Lecture)
Ellis JG -The Development of Embroidered Surgical Implants - Our Journey. Technical Textiles Conference, Prague, February 28, 2004 (Invited Lecture)
McLeod ARM, Neumann, L, Ellis JG, Butcher P. The Nottingham Rotator Cuff Augmentation Device Comrades in Arms - Engineers and Surgeons, IMechE April 2001
Ellis JG Technical Textiles in the East Midlands, Technical Textiles 2001, Galasheils, February 2001 (Invited Lecture)
Ellis JG Embroidery - a new approach to Implant Manufacture Medilink East Midlands Launch January 2001 (Invited Lecture)
Ellis JG Engineering and Surgical Textiles by Embroidery, Textile Institute 80th World Conference, Manchester, April 2000
Ellis JG Surgical Implants using Embroidery Techniques UK Liaison Committee for Sciences Allied to Medicine and Biology, Medical and Biological new Technology, Fourth International Conference, Brunel, 1999
Ellis JG A Fire Hazard of Polyester Cotton fabric Covers of Moses Baskets. Textile Flammability: Current and Future Issues, The Textile Institute, Salford 30 March 1999
Ellis JG and Hopkinson BR The Endoscopic repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms using embroidered textiles. Link Medical Implants Seminar, Meriden, 1998
Ellis JG, Wallace WA, Neumann L, Textiles for the Repair of The Rotator Cuff of the Shoulder Medical Textiles ‘96, Bolton UK
Ellis JG Narrow Fabrics and Orthopaedic Surgery Narrow Fabrics Group Conference June 1995, The Textile Institute
Ellis JG and Warrior NA Design and Manufacture of Stressed Components using Embroidery LINK Structural Composites Open Day, University of Nottingham, July 1996
Warrior NA and Ellis JG Manufacture of Structural Components using Embroidery Techniques LINK Structural Composites Awareness Workshop, DRA Farnborough, 23 Oct. 1996
Ellis JG Knots for Surgeons Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham 17 July 1995
JG Ellis What can Recent Textile Technology contribute to the Composites Engineer? invited lecture, Verbundwerk ‘92, Wiesbaden, Germany, July 1992.
Ellis JG Development of textiles for the production of ligament prostheses Textiles in Medicine and Surgery (TIMS) UMIST, Manchester, 10 November 1992
JG Ellis Fibres, Yarns and Textile Structures for Surgical Implants, keynote lecture, Conference on Textiles in Medicine and Surgery, UMIST, 1991
JG Ellis A Perspective on Textile Artificial Ligaments Textile Institute World Conference 1989
JG Ellis Textiles for Surgical Implants, keynote lecture, Conference on Textiles in Medicine and Surgery, UMIST, 1989
JG Ellis The Physics of the Brassiere Strap, Institute of Physics, Dec 1986
JG Ellis Textile Dyeing and Drying. Invited lecture, Narrow Fabric Textile Conference, Clemson University, USA, December 1984
Others include: -
Surgical Implants using the Techniques of Embroidery. MedLINK Project report on behalf of the project collaborators, January 2000. Ellis Developments Ltd
New web weaved for composite materials Innovators Notebook, Eureka Engineering Materials and Design, Jan 1997 p 48
The Manufacture of Structural Composites using the Techniques of Embroidery. LINK Project report on behalf of the collaborators, June 1997. Ellis Developments Ltd
JG Ellis Science of The Brassiere, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - September 87
JG Ellis Knitting for the Surgeon Knitting International August 1986
JG Ellis I’m Not Buying anything from there ever again (Textile quality control) Knitting International October 1986
JG Ellis Anything but this must make more money (The industrial textiles market) Knitting International November 1987
JG Ellis A Bonus for the Knitwear Industry Knitting International April 1988
JG Ellis Smaller and better than anyone (narrow fabrics) Textile Horizons April 1986
JG Ellis A new stretch fabric Textile Month 1988
Novel Textile Structure for repairing human tissue or torn upholstery Medical Textiles 1991
Expert Witness Cases
The range of work includes:
Cotton blending Yarn selection Yarn faults
Yarn lustre variations Elastomeric yarns Weft knitting faults
Warp knitting faults Label manufacture Dyeing faults
Stone washing Fabric finishing problems Fabric faults
Garment sizing Seaming faults Carpet faults
Fabric storage Lace trim Garment alterations
Dermatological problems Repetitive strain injury in textile working Children’s dresses
Carpet damage Embroidery Fabric soiling
Garment finishing Swimsuit transparency Flammability
Upholstery covers Patient lifting slings Patents
Fire loss - insurance claims, insurance fraud Trademark registration Passing off
Personal injury (buckles)
Murder – fibre identification, clothing damage, forces exerted by textiles used in strangulation
Manslaughter - blood absorption of clothing
Suspicious death – clothing examination
Rape, stabbing, assault – damage to clothing
Counterfeiting of garments
Armed robbery – identification of clothing
Handling stolen goods - valuation
Consumer protection act - unsafe garments
Fraud Relating to textiles
Forensic reconstruction of Incidents using clothing damage
Project technical adviser 2012-16, advising medical and engineering projects on behalf of the European Commission