Dr Geoff Collins is currently Group Director Sustainability & Business Development at Jacob Holm & Sons AG. After earning his PhD in Colour Chemistry and the University of Leeds, UK in 1997 he joined Courtaulds in the Tencel dyeing & finishing research group. Following activities in product development and technical marketing including a period living in India when the business was taken over by Lenzing in 2004, Dr Collins became Head of Business Development for the Textile BU covering apparel, home textiles and technical textiles. In 2007 he moved to Hong Kong to manage the Asian market for the Nonwovens BU then in 2013 to Lenzing headquarters in Austria as part of the Strategic Research Group leading open innovation and external collaboration. Dr Collins joined Jacob Holm & Sons, moving to Switzerland at the end of 2014 where roles have included management of byproduct division, Intellectual Property and Sustainability.