Mark Lewis, BTech Chemical Engineering (1971)

Mark Apr profile

Why did you apply to Bradford?

I applied to Bradford as it is highly regarded for Chem Eng

What was your first impression of the University and the city?

It was quite a shock for a southerner who had never ventured north of Watford  in 1971!

What did you enjoy the most about your time in Bradford?

I enjoyed the social life at Bradford and six month industrial experience each year in different places

Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?

I have my own management consultancy and am a director of The Fair-Traders Co-operative an online store selling fair trade and ethical products (

How has your career developed since leaving the University of Bradford?

12 years with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) then 20 years in various Board positions in textiles-Tootal, Coats Viyella, Shiloh plc . I then set up a consultancy focusing on the healthcare and retail sectors.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

Supporting a young team on an exciting and innovative start up. Helping small ethical suppliers get a foothold in the UK market.

What are your goals for the future?

To help the Fair-Traders Co-operative become a leading online retailer thereby expanding the market for fairly traded and ethical products

What advice would you give to current students wishing to get into your career?

Start your own business if you have the energy and determination.