Julian Ellis OBE, M.Phil, C.Text, FTI, has been Chairman of Ellis Developments Limited since 1985, a company within which he has done extensive work in the design and manufacture of textile surgical implants using embroidery.

Julian Ellis holds the degree of Master of Philosophy for research into the technology of fabrics. He was elected as Fellow of the Textile Institute in 1985 in recognition of his major creative contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of textile technology.

He was awarded an OBE for Services to the Technical Textiles Industry and for services to the welfare of prisoners in 2004.

Before being appointed an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham he was a Special Lecturer in Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery for some 20 years. Julian was actively employed in the textile industry for 52 years, much of it specialising in technical aspects of yarn, fabric and garment manufacture.

He started in the textile industry carrying out research for Courtaulds Group in synthetic fibres and was later technical manager of a company making knitted fabrics. While running his own business, he also acted as a freelance consultant in textile technology for 40 years, consulting to the knitting, fabric and clothing industries, and as Expert Witness in numerous criminal and civil cases, ranging from murder, rape and arson to counterfeiting and trade disputes.

His links to The City initially began with his father, who served with 600 (City of London) Squadron of the Royal Air Force from early 1939 until demobilisation, and was involved in the squadron association for rest of his life. He developed links with several textile livery companies well before becoming a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters in 2009, joining the Education Committee in 2010 and being admitted to the Court of Assistants in 2017.