Meet the experts.

Our people share your passion and ambition for perfection. We’ve amassed a team of specialists within the wool, spinning and yarn industry with an inexhaustible dedication to delivering the best products and services at all times and we like to think that’s why we are still going strong after over 100 years.

Meet the experts.

This commitment to delivering the very best products each and every time is complemented by their understanding of what is needed to get the job done based on insight and real hands-on experience. With an eye for design and detail, complemented by a keen understanding of manufacturing techniques and cost efficiencies, the team behind the Laxtons name are able to provide a subtle blend of creative, craft and commerce.

James Laxton

Owner & Managing Director

With a wealth of experience, and the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the business, James is proud to take Laxtons forward and is continuously looking for ways to improve through new projects, product development and fresh ideas.

Having actually worked in the mill, and experienced first-hand all aspects of fancy yarn manufacturing, from raw material selection, through yarn processing and quality control, James has an all-round knowledge that is second to none, a skillset that has proved to be crucial in managing a successful manufacturing company.

A keen hockey player (albeit now a veteran) he enjoys playing and coaching and loves walking in the countryside and the surrounding moors with his family and their dog, Annie.

Alan Thornber

Sales & Marketing Director

Having worked in the textile industry all his life, Alan plays an important role within the company, not just by leading the commercial team but by passing on and sharing his depth of knowledge with all the staff.

Alan has over 35 years’ experience in worsted and fancy yarns, he is passionate about the wool textile industry and is always willing to try new ideas and new concepts.

Aligned with colour matching experience, yarn development and a broad knowledge of natural fibres, Alan plays a pivotal role within the organisation.

With a love for all manner of sport (currently a passion for golf) he could be described as a Jack of all sports, but master of none.

Paulius Ramanauskas

Operations Manager

A passionate and committed individual, Paulius has become a valuable member of the team over a relatively short period of time.

He is a practical person and has gained a massive amount of experience with his willingness to learn and embrace new ideas. Paul’s expertise in wool and yarn processing is invaluable to the continued success at Laxtons.

His creative, problem solving, and ‘can-do’ approach is an important asset and closely reflects the philosophy of Laxtons as a business.

In his spare time (of which he has very little) he enjoys spending quality time with his young family.

Meet the commercial team.

Our commercial team is a highly organised and passionate arm to the Laxtons offering and are here to help as little or as much as needed. They have numerous years’ experience in the industry and are capable of ensuring the highest standards and requirements are honoured. Get in touch directly for a chat!

Andrea Schnaitl

Account Manager

Having been with Laxtons for over 10 years, there is not a lot that Andrea does not know about how the company operates.

During her career at Laxtons, Andrea has been responsible for Colour Matching, invoicing, shipping and despatch, Product Development and liaising with external processors and suppliers.

Now focusing on Sales and Marketing, with the responsibility of managing several key accounts, Andrea’s outgoing, infectious personality, and integrity is valued by customers and colleagues alike.

Andrea is a more than competent tennis player and has a tremendous knowledge and interest in a variety of sports. She also loves travelling and owns more maps and travel guides than WHSmith and Waterstones put together.

Emma Kulesza-Brosnan

Sales Support

In addition to her invaluable organisational skills, Emma’s willingness to learn new things and take on challenging new projects has led to her becoming a vital member of the commercial team.

Quick to learn the many nuances of the textile industry, her understanding a variety of end uses and what it takes to service these markets, has resulted in Emma playing an ever more important role within the business.

As a very structured individual she keeps the rest of the team in check and on task.

Emma loves to keep fit and live a healthy lifestyle, and when not out and about enjoying time with her family she can be seen ‘hanging out’ on the monkey bars at the local gym.

Stephen Hamer

Quality and Production Control

With a background in weaving and fabric production, Stephen has brought an added level of experience to the Laxtons team.

A lifelong textile person, Stephen’s calm manner and enquiring mind plays an ever increasing and important role within the organisation.

His expansive knowledge of production planning and processing, coupled with an eye for detail and logical way of thinking has led to him becoming an integral part of the Laxtons’ team.

A dog lover, Stephen can often be found chasing around the local park, after his mischievous terrier, Billy. His favourite food? “A fish butty, it’s a beautiful thing”