Natural Materials Association contacts

Below is a list of contacts for the Natural Materials Association. Click on a highlighted name to send an email to that person.


Chris Holland

Chris Holland    (Chair)

Chris Holland is a biologist by training and working in the field of natural materials ( He currently holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship and Lectureship in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Sheffield having previously worked in the Oxford Silk Group in Zoology, Oxford. 

His research uses tools developed for the physical sciences to better understand Nature’s materials, from latex to collagen, but with a focus on silk. By studying how silk is spun he has been able to gain unique insights into silks’ biodiversity, structure and evolution. Additionally, this work has made important links between natural and industrial fibre processing which has led to a fundamentally new way of designing, testing and fabricating bio-inspired materials. Today he combines multiple instruments with rheology, from microscopes and spectrometers to synchrotrons in order to understand exactly how silk proteins self-assemble into one of our most impressive materials.

Outside of the lab he is an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, chairperson of the Recent Appointees in Polymer Science, Chair of the Natural Materials Association since November 2016 and sits on the scientific advisory board of Oxford Biomaterials which commercialises high-tech silk-based devices for a range of medical and non-medical applications.

 Graham Ormondroyd (Vice-Chair)

Dr. Graham Ormondroyd is Head of Materials at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University ( .
Graham has a degree in Forestry and Forest products, and a PhD in Wood Science and now leads a team of multi-disciplined materials scientists researching areas from solid wood to polymers and their use and end of life. With a background in forestry, forest industries technology and natural materials science Dr. Graham Ormondroyd’s research work has focused on novel wood protection techniques, chemical modification and novel resin systems.
Graham sits on a number of committees throughout the UK and Europe and these include standards committees, advisory committees and scientific committees for organizations such as the COST actions. 


 Angela MorrisAngela Morris

CEO of The Wool Packaging Company

Angela Morris, BA Hons, MA, MinstPkg, FRSA, ran her own creative packaging design businesses for over 30 years and is now CEO and founder of The Wool Packaging Company and creator of the Woolcool® brand.

Angela’s packaging experience covers a variety of different sectors, from major UK retail high street stores such as BHS, global confectionery companies Nestlé and Cadbury’s, to water filtration systems for Fairey Industrial Ceramics and automotive components for Roll-Royce. Working as a packaging consultant and advisor to her clients, she often became an integral part of their businesses, helping companies to market their products successfully, through the introduction of superior and innovative packaging solutions, in many cases utilising natural materials.

While Angela was engaged as a packaging consultant with the National Trust in 2002, using pure sheep wool as an insulated packaging material was first conceived. By 2007 the ‘Green Agenda’ had become a major focus globally and potential food industry customers saw wool-based packaging as a genuine environmentally friendly option for delivering their fresh and frozen perishable foodstuffs direct to the consumer via Internet mail order. In June 2009 The Wool Packaging Company Limited was founded and the flagship product Woolcool® has since grown to become the insulated packaging of choice for many leading UK and European food companies such as Abel & Cole, Riverford, Fortnum & Mason and Hello Fresh GmbH. Woolcool® is now being further developed with the help of UK Government ‘SMART’ funding, to create innovative, sustainable cold chain packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, particularly in the field of global vaccine delivery.

Angela has lectured and supervised postgraduate students and given talks on Design Management, Innovation and Green Entrepreneurship at several universities across the UK.

Due to the vision, passion, dedication and experience of The Wool Packaging Company founder, Angela was invited by the IOM3 organisation in 2013 to launch and Chair the new Natural Materials Association (NMA), a position she held until October 2016.


Iris AndersonIris Anderson BEM

Iris Anderson has spent the majority of her career within MAFF, DEFRA and more recently in The Department of Energy and Climate Change. Her various roles have included Head of Energy Innovation and Head of Renewable Materials. She had overall responsibility for R & D coordination in the UK and an overview of the activity within the EU. She was involved with the National Non Food Crops Centre and led the project to inject biomethane into the national gas grid. She set up the Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration Facility at CPI, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in Wilton.

She is a Technical expert promoting bio renewable opportunities to businesses and provides consultancy and advice to businesses that develop and adopt bio renewables. Her work has given her a unique knowledge of the various stakeholders in the bioenergy and biomass industries including industry, academia and innovation bodies. She has supported bioenergy and biomass developments and other related initiatives in energy and renewables, including the Biomass gasifier review.

She has developed UK policy on the use of bio resources, with emphasis on bioenergy and energy from waste to maximise efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions.


Bruce WoodBruce Wood



Professor Bruce Wood is Professor of Design Innovation and Director of the Centre for Creative Industries at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). He is a qualified Designer with 17 years experience in industry on a national and international scale. Founder of the CCI at GCU in 2002, he has created Masters programmes in Product Design and Development, Digital Media and more recently, Design Practice and Management. He has supervised numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects and his present research activities include economic development through the use of creative industries as a driver for new products and services. This has also developed a strong interest in Enterprise Education.

Prior to joining GCU he directed a number of large-scale design-led economic development projects working with regional development agencies and government departments.

In 2009 He completed his PhD entitled “Design as an Economic Development Enabler”, this work is based on four design intervention programmes across the UK and one location in Brazil.

Throughout this time Bruce directed and managed over 200 new products, which established over 50 new companies and won over 30 international design awards.

In his career Bruce has delivered several talks, internationally, on the need for designers not only to develop their core skills but also engage and embrace the need for sustainability and effective application of materials and technologies.

In addition to this Bruce has established his own companies and has four patents fully registered.