Colleagues talking

Our people

Coats has a workforce of 17,000 people in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Every one of the team plays a part in driving our business forward, and we have shared some of their stories below.


 Tram Anh

“Over the years I have worked at Coats, I have experienced and recognised the importance of Positive Teamwork in doing my job. To me this means a diverse group of people at different levels, from different backgrounds, with different experience and interests, going in the same direction to achieve the same goals.”

Tram Anh Tran, Managing Director, Vietnam

Mike Kitchen

“Working at Coats gives you the opportunity to get involved with industry leading projects. I was a member of the team that developed our innovative product Coats Synergex which is now been used in the wheel arch of the RP1 sportscar. It was incredibly rewarding to be part of such a pioneering project.”

Business Development
Mike Hitchen, PM Composites Manager

Rana Mubashar

“I took part in our Management Capability Development programme which I found highly effective, influential, productive and really thought provoking. The impact of the course was transformational and it inspired me to become a great leader instead of just being a good manager.”

Business Development
Rana Mubashar, Business Head North, Pakistan

Chris Dearing

“The best part of my role is the opportunity to learn through exposure to a diverse range of projects and challenges. Also, the opportunity to travel and meet and work with engaged and high performing teams across the globe.”

Dyeing and Finishing, Operations
Chris Dearing, Group Manufacturing Technology Director



“In the many years of working at Coat, I have been given many opportunities to grow and to have a significant impact on gender diversity. I recently implemented a local Diversity and Inclusion programme, which enabled employing female colleagues on the production floor as well as allowing them to work night shifts.”

Kishani Weerasinghe, Employee Relations Manager

Abdul and Rahim

“We developed an idea to improve hand safety in our manufacturing unit which was implemented. It was rewarding to be given the opportunity to see our idea to fruition and even more so that it has helped to improve the safety of our colleagues.”

Abdul Malik & Rahim Babu, Members of Team India

Samira Elbechi

“What I like most about working at Coats is the environment – everybody is always ready to help and I am always given new opportunities to learn and grow. In addition, I enjoy interacting with colleagues all over the world as it broadens my horizons.”

Customer Service
Samira Elbechi, Customer Service Manager

Legend Lin

“My role is to provide technical and process leadership globally for Coats dye-houses and finishing units. My proudest achievement has been leading the implementation of new dye machinery that uses up to 33% less water. As well as environmental benefits, the new technology delivers financial benefits through reduced use of chemicals and energy.”

Legend Lin, Technical Manager Dyeing & Finishing (Shenzhen)


The Board of Coats Group plc is appointed in line with the Board's Diversity Policy.