Mike Redwood grew up in a tannery in Scotland where his father made leather for motor cars, furniture, handbags and sports goods like soccer balls. He studied leather science at the University of Leeds and then worked as a technician in tanneries in the UK, Italy and Central America. Mike is a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton which has the only teaching tannery in Europe. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, a Freeman of the Leathersellers' Company and a Trustee of The Leather Conservation Centre. He maintains a free informational website covering some aspects of the history and manufacturing of leather and leather products.