The Textile Institute has named Dr Peter Dinsdale as its new world president, succeeding Andreas Weber who has been at the helm of the textiles, clothing and footwear organisation for the past two years.

Dinsdale is a specialist in the fibre, textile and garment sectors, and is currently chairman of textile and apparel consultancy Trigon Diligences. He is also a visiting professor at the School of Materials at the University of Manchester in the UK.

He recently retired as principal industry specialist (textiles) at the World Bank/International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he worked on the selection, appraisal and supervision of a variety of fibre and textile investment projects in emerging markets.

His long career began at Courtaulds Ltd, from where he moved to David Whitehead & Sons Ltd to assess and establish new textile mills on the African continent. He also worked at textile machine producer Platt Saco Lowell.

The Textile Institute has also named Helen Rowe as chairman elect to stand as chairman from next May. Rowe, is the acting head of department for the department of clothing design and technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The TI, which covers all sectors in textiles, clothing and footwear, has members in over 80 countries.