Leaders of the Pack

Presentations from Leaders of the Pack: Industry Insights from Global Sustainability Champions Leading industry spokespeople present insider knowledge on what it takes to shape a pioneering textiles business. Run as part of the Textile and Fashion Hub’s Design for Tomorrow series. Funded by the International Fibre Centre through the Sustainable Enterprise Network (SEN) program. Filmed on 24 June 2014.


A panel of leading industry spokespeople present insider knowledge on what it takes to shape a pioneering textiles business.

Leaders of the Pack, Industry Insights from Global Sustainability Champions was an event run as part of the Design for Tomorrow sustainability series funded by the International Fibre Centre through the Sustainable Enterprise Network (SEN) program and run through the Textile and Fashion Hub at Kangan Institute.  Developed specifically for our local textiles sector, the series brought the knowledge of global best practice industry to our doorstep.  Tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the Australian textiles industry; events for industry by industry

Leaders Of The Pack was held at the Textile and Fashion Hub on 24 June 2014 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.




Wendy Savage

Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager, Patagonia

Wendy Savage is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional with over 10 years of experience. Her expertise is multinational and ranges from field auditing to CSR program development and implementation, training and education, capacity-building, stakeholder engagement, supply chain mapping and traceability.

In her current role as a Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager at Patagonia, Wendy is responsible for the company’s supply chain compliance and commitment to upholding Patagonia’s Workplace Code of Conduct and Fair Labor Association (FLA) obligations. She also heads Patagonia’s Down Traceability Program and represents the company’s supply chain mapping taskforce.

Through her career, Wendy has advised a wide variety of industries from Garment to Food, Agriculture and Mining, on programs based on CSR Certifications and Initiatives such as FLA (Fair Labor Association), RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council), BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative), SA8000 (Social Accountability 8000), and others.


Christian Dreszig

Head of Marketing, Bluesign Technologies

Christian Dreszig, Head of Marketing Bluesign technologies, started his career in 1985 in the Swiss textile industry. After studying textiles engineering, postgraduate in Business Administration and executive studies in Marketing he worked in different textile mills in Switzerland and as project engineer for the biggest textile company in South Africa. After 12 years in the textile industry Christian joineda German specialty chemical company and worked in sales and marketing before he became Head of Marketing. Havingmore than 10 years experience in the textile chemical industry and visiting many textile companies in several countries world wide he decided to change to Bluesign technologies and focus on sustainability in the textile industry.

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Stu Bowen

Marketing Manager, Patagonia Australia; 1% for the Planet Ambassador

Stu Bowen is Marketing Manager for Patagonia Australia, the local division of global pioneering outdoor wear company with a reputation for pioneering textile developments to make the best product on the market for outdoor pursuits.  He is also a 1% For The Planet Ambassador.  As a 1% for the Planet Ambassador he advocates corporate responsibility to “Keep Earth in Business” and sees the power of high impact business collaborations as the solution to social & environmental problems. 

Stu has extensive experience working with big business but also speaks as an entrepreneur and small business owner, having crafted his own sustainable business, Yamba Organics, and more recently, with fellow 1% Ambassador and Pro Surfer Dan Ross, having begun freshmullet.com, a platform for ecological awareness, motivating change and practical sustainability.


Kate Sala

Director S-inc; Immediate past Chief Operating Officer, Honest By

Kate Sala, director of creative agency and consultancy s-inc., offers expertise in boutique fashion business development, with particular knowledge of sustainable luxury clothing production and business strategy. With experience in fields spanning across fashion design, production, styling, business strategy and e-commerce, she has worked with major fashion houses such as Bruno Pieters in Antwerp, Belgium, leading creative agencies across Europe, as well as consulted for innovative online ventures such as ‘Nueluxe’ sustainably luxury platform in London.

Kate combines her enthusiasm for sustainability with her deep understanding of design and production to develop innovative solutions and possibilities for her clients.

She has recently left her position as Chief Operating Officer at Bruno Pieters wherein she headed both collection and production departments as well as oversaw general management of the company, and relocated to Melbourne to join the department of Education at the Kangan Institute Textile Industries department at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. Sala also continues to consult for small scale sustainable businesses in Melbourne.


Graham Dickinson

Occupational Hygiene & Environmental Consultant

Graham Dickinson is a practicing Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Consultant, currently servicing Textile and Food manufacturing Industries. He has more than 25 years involvement in the Textile Industry.  Initially employed as a Textile Technologist in yarn processing and vertical woven fabric converting operations, he moved into technical servicing of textile wet processing accounts for Ciba-Geigy.  There he developed and implemented the “Envirocare” program in Australia and New Zealand.  “Envirocare” projects and consultations were conducted across environmental issues relating to the impact of chemical use in colouration and associated processes.

Graham has experience in Best Practice technologies in manufacturing and environmental sustainability.  As Environment and Regulatory Affairs leader in a recent assignment in Singapore, Graham led the construction and commissioning of a new chemical manufacturing plant from a greenfield site to completion.  Graham currently consults on Cleaner Production and has delivered improvement projects jointly with the Victorian EPA and Water Authorities.  Graham is also engaged by ABMT Textiles to lead a project to upgrade the site Water Treatment plant, and to support environmental, safety, and quality improvements.