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.

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.

Carly Smith

Head of Sales & Marketing

A proven leader with valuable experience across the textile industry.

Carly is innovative and resourceful in developing new approaches to top-line growth and bottom-line enhancement.
Both driven and dependable, she is passionate about nurturing results-focused teams and functions.

In her spare time Carly likes to spend time with her 3 young children but with dance competitions and Rugby matches
she is as busy outside of work as she is inside of work.

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!

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.

Rochelle Tracey

E-Commerce Sales Executive

Rochelle studied Fashion Communications and Promotion at Huddersfield University and has dedicated the last 10 years to the sustainable fashion industry. With a keen eye for detail and eco-friendly practices, this commitment aligns perfectly with the values of Laxtons!

In her free time, Rochelle enjoys working out daily, travelling to new destinations, and spending quality time with friends and family. A true enthusiast of live music and events, Rochelle is always on the look out for the next exciting experience.

Ross Barr-Hoyland

Sales & Export Executive

A lover of sustainable fashion, Ross’ interest in wool was ignited at young age with his family connection to sheep farming in the Wakefield area. His passion and love of the industry is easy to see and he cannot wait to showcase the best of wool. 

Away from wool and fashion, you will often find him on the rugby pitch at the weekend playing for his team the Leeds Hunters or out walking his Cocker Spaniel, Betty. 

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