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Christina Trautmann

Head of LWG

Christina joined the LWG in 2020, coming from adidas where she worked for several years, both at the headquarters in Germany and within the Sourcing organization in Asia.

Most recently she was responsible for managing the adidas leather portfolio in the Footwear Material Sourcing team in Hong Kong. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, and an M.Sc in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Cape Town. 

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Stuart Cranfield

Head of Operations

As of 1 March 2022, Stuart Cranfield joined the LWG team to head up the operations of the group.  

Stuart joins us after spending the last 36 years at Clarks, working across multiple different locations and functions. In his previous role, Stuart was central in establishing and managing the social audit program at Clarks and has taken active roles in several multi-stakeholder initiatives including SLCP, CGF SSCI and BSI PAS24000. 


Mark Lucas

Technical Manager

Mark has been an LWG Auditor since 2005 and is a member of the LWG Technical Sub-Group.

He has been instrumental in the development of the LWG Audit Standards. Mark is an IEMA-qualified Principle Environmental Auditor.

Mark has qualifications in Environmental Management, Leather Technology and Business and has worked in the leather industry for over 30 years.

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Vanessa Brain

Traceability Manager

Vanessa joined LWG in September 2021 and is responsible for managing the organisation’s work on traceability of leather, including developing the chain of custody for LWG.   

Vanessa has a wealth of commercial fashion and sustainability experience gained through working for organisations including the Fairtrade Foundation, Control Union and Historic Futures.  

Vanessa is a specialist in sustainable materials, global sourcing, certification and traceability systems.   

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Leticia Millward

Sustainability Manager

Leticia joined LWG in June 2021 as our Sustainability Project Manager.

Leticia helps grow the group’s technical offering by contributing to audit developments, providing technical advice and expertise, and developing special topics, such as lifecycle assessments for leather as a material.

Leticia joins us after completing her PhD in Leather Technology at the University of Northampton. Leticia works closely with our technical colleagues, including the LWG Technical Sub-Group and all LWG-approved Auditors.

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Jennifer Thorpe

Marketing Manager

Jennifer Thorpe joins LWG as a Marketing & Engagement Manager and will be responsible for all communications and promotional activities.

Previously, Jennifer spent 5 years at Eurofins | BLC in a similar marketing role promoting a broad portfolio of services including materials testing, leather consulting, membership, auditing, and sustainability.

Prior to this, Jennifer has spent 10 years working in marketing across various sectors including construction, accountancy and higher education. 

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Jen Toes

Communications & Events Lead

Jennifer joined LWG in September 2018 and became responsible for LWG's marketing and communications efforts, including webinars and governance meetings for the group. Jennifer manages LWG's newsletter, website content, social media channels, and also works with global brands to advise them on their claims and labelling efforts.

Prior to joining LWG, Jennifer worked as a Communications Officer at CERN, where she managed the communications for EU-funded international R&D projects.

Jennifer holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

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Oihana Garcia-Chevillotte

Community Engagement Manager

Oihana became our Community Engagement Manager in May 2022. She is responsible for managing our membership and acting as a first port of call for all member enquiries.

Previously, she spent two years at the International Water Association and brings her knowledge and expertise of liaising with corporate stakeholders for an international sustainability organization.

Oihana has an MSc in International Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and holds a bachelor's degree in Business, Law and Economics from the Université Catholique de Lille, France.

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Olivia Wass

Marketing & Engagement Team Assistant

Olivia joined the LWG team in August 2022 as the new Team Assistant to the Marketing and Engagement department.

Olivia comes to our team with a backrground in education, and holding a first class BSc in Geography from Lancaster University.

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Emma Linnell

Audit Administrator 

Emma joined the LWG team to offer administrative support in early 2022, and then moved into a full time role as the LWG Audit Administrator in May 2022. 

Emma has over 25 years of experience working in administration. Most recently, Emma has spent 16 years working at Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre, where she was responsible for reporting, document management, general administration, and supporting the business directors as needed. 

At LWG, Emma will be responsible for managing the administration related to our certified members in over 50 countries, which includes the delivery of LWG audit reports and certificates, managing certified member listings on the LWG website, and more. 

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Marius Saunes

Standards & Assurance Coordinator

Marius joined LWG as the Standards & Assurance Coordinator, working within the Operations Team in August 2022. 

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