Nigel Stansfield is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Interface Inc., a worldwide leader in the design and production of carpet tiles that combine beauty and sustainability with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.
With over 25 years’ experience as a textile technologist, Nigel is an expert in yarn, carpet and fabric manufacture.
In 2001 Nigel moved into research and development, inspired by Mission Zero, Interface's goal for a zero environmental footprint by 2020, and a need for more sustainable product development. He has been instrumental in developing Net-Works, a unique global business and conservation partnership between Interface and the conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works aims to tackle the growing global environmental problem of discarded fishing nets whilst providing socio-economic benefits in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities and improving Interface’s business.
Nigel qualified in 1988 at Bradford College while working for Firth Carpets Ltd as a textile technologist. After Interface’s acquisition of Firth Carpets in 1997, Nigel became part of a global project team. For the next two years he worked across seven manufacturing plants located on three continents, designing and implementing MRP software systems, before returning to Europe as Operations Director.
Nigel went on to complete a degree in Marketing in 2004. He then joined Interface’s European Executive Team with overall responsibility for Product, Design and Innovation in Europe, before taking on his current role. As Chief Innovations Officer, Nigel has global responsibility for developing and implementing Interface’s strategy to have a more open and collaborative approach to innovation, which the company calls Co-innovation.
This role enables him to make full use of his background and expertise to help meet Interface’s 2020 mission and beyond. Nigel regularly speaks on a variety of subjects including open innovations, Biomimicry and how Interface uses both to influence product design.
Nigel lives in Yorkshire with his wife and son, and in his spare time enjoys gardening, walking and sports.