CBRT Research Team

CBRT™ Director of Research – Professor Stephen Westland  Steve Westland
Chair of Colour Science and Technology
Faculty Director of Impact and Innovation, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (2015-18)
Acting Pro-Dean for Research, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (2015-2016)
Acting Dean, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (2012-2013)
Head of School of Design (2006-2013)
Research interests: colour measurement, colour design, colour imaging. and colour vision.

BSc (Leeds) PhD (Leeds) CCol FSDC

Stephen Westland obtained a BSc (Colour Chemistry, 1983) and a PhD (Colour Physics, 1988) from the University of Leeds. He worked for four years (1986-90) as a colour physicist at Courtaulds Research before joining Keele University in 1990 to work with Professor David Foster. In 1999 he was appointed as a Reader in Colour Imaging at the Colour and Imaging Institute at Derby University where he became Programme Leader for the MSc Imaging Science and taught modules on Colour Image Analysis and Colour Vision.
In 2003 he was appointed as Professor in Colour Science and Technology in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. He is currently Head of the School of Design (2006-2010). His research interests include colour measurement, colour, and spatial vision, spectral imaging, colour management and colour design.
He is a member of the Colour Measurement Committee (CMC) of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, and a member of the Colour Group (UK). Since April 1996 he has been a director of Colourware Ltd. In 1998 he was invited to join the International Editorial Board of Coloration and Technology and in 2007 was appointed as Academic Editor of a new multi-disciplinary journal Colour: Design and Creativity.


Dr. Ute Leonards BSc PhD
Senior-Lecturer in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol

Ute Leonards is a Senior-Lecturer in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol.Her main research interests lie in the investigation of the neural mechanisms underpinning visual perception and attention, and their dependence on context. The definition of context ranges from visual environment over memory and emotions to expectations and even personality traits. Her work covers the investigation of perceptual and attentional changes over the entire life span in healthy volunteers and various groups of neurological and psychiatric patients. She obtained her BSc (binocular rivalry, 1991) and PhD (human visual perception, 1994) from the University of Mainz (Germany).
She has held research positions around Europe (MPI for Brain Research – Germany, College-de-France – France, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Belgium, University Hospitals Geneva – Switzerland). Since 1994, she was PI and co-investigator on numerous grants, reviewer for various international journals and conferences, conference co-organizer (European Conference on Visual Perception) and panel member on national grant bodies (e.g. BMBF).
She is on the editorial board of the journal Perception, and has published numerous journal and conference papers on human perception and attention.


Graham Poulter. PG(Cert) COG Southampton, MA Mental Health, BA Hons, Dip HE RMN, CPN Dip.    Graham Poulter

General Mental Health Practitioner Manager NHS.
Biography pending:
Ex Services Mental Health Welfare Society – Combat Stress.
Regional Community Psychiatric Nurse (South Central)
Clinical Governance & Quality Improvement Manager.
Clinical Matron (AMH Residential Care) PCtPCT.
Nurse Practitioner for WHT CISM team.
Clinical Services Manager (Community Support.)
Specialist Nursing Practitioner using CBT Skills for PTSD & Anxiety Disorders / Road Traffic Accident victims.
Retired RN, on completion of 13.5 Years Service


Dr Vien Cheung BSc (Hong Kong) MSc (Derby) PhD (Leeds) CCol ASDC
Lecturer in Colour Theory, International Tutor and Deputy Postgraduate Research Tutor

I completed my first degree in Textile Chemistry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and subsequently came to the UK for my Masters (Colour Imaging) and PhD (Colour and Imaging Science) studies. Currently I hold an academic post as Lecturer in Colour Theory at the University of Leeds. My research interests are colour vision, spectral imaging, colour reproduction and colour, all as applied to the art and design disciplines. I am also active in several professional bodies including The Colour Group (Great Britain), the Society of Dyers and Colourists (UK), the Society of Imaging Science and Technology (USA) and the Tsinghua Art & Science Colour & Imaging Institute (China). I am a member of the International Editorial Panel of Coloration Technology. In 2008 I was given the Selwyn Award from The Royal Photographic Society for my research in colour imaging and imaging technology; and recently I have received a Silver Medal from the Society of Dyers and Colourists (May 2011) in recognition of my contributions to education, the Society and in the interests of the allied industries.
Dr.Cheung is a Corporate  Member – Society of Dyers and Colourists  (CCol ASDC), Publication Committee Member – Society of Dyers and Colourists, Colour  Measurement Committee (CMC) Member – Society of Dyers and Colourists, Secretary (Leeds Students Section) – Society of Dyers and Colourists, Member  of Editorial Panel – Coloration Technology, Committee Member and Newsletter Secretary – The Colour Group (Great Britain) and International Liaison – Tsinghua Art & Science Colour &
Imaging Institute (TASCII), China.


WenWen Song MsC, PhD
Executive Director of colour & Imaging Technology Institute of Tsinghua University Art & Science Research Center.


Following her degree in colour science at Leeds University, WenWen Song is currently vice-head of Colour & Imaging Technology at the Institute of Tsinghua University, Art & Science Research Center. Educated as a fashion designer at Suzhou University, WenWen has worked as one of the organisers of China Fashion Week in China Fashion Association from 1996 to 2000.With the passion for colour, she held a post in the China Textile Information Center as the marketing director of the China National Colour System, and served as vice Secretary General of China Fashion Colour Association from 2002 to 2007.During the period of CFCA, she has been engaging in fashion colour research and forecast, making market research on colour, forecasting and issuing colour trends, represented China to participate in InterColor panel meeting biannually and presented China fashion colour trend proposal.In future to further explore the relationship between art and science in the field of colour.The current position for WenWen allows her to build the platform for the basic cross-subjected colour theory and application research in Tsinghua University. The research interests: colour design colour emotion, colour semantics, colour harmony, colour psychology.Education: Colour Science, Msc Leeds University, Fashion Design BA Suzhou University.
Present: Deputy Head of Colour & Imaging Technology, Institute of Tsinghua University, P.R. China Art & Research Center.
1996 – 2000: China Fashion Association (Organiser of China Fashion Week)
2002 – 2007: Deputy Secretary General of China Fashion Colour Association
Head of China delegation for Inter Color Panel, Marketing Director of China National Colour System.


Janet Best Janet Best
Fellowship to the Society of Dyers and Colourists  (C.Col FSDC)
Services to the colouration industry in technical innovation and training, Associateship to the Textile Industry (T.Text ATI)
Professional management and technical skills and experience in textiles.

Fashion retail colour management specialist who respects and understands the need to protect the designs team inspirational freedom to work with colour, while using extensive experience to deliver tailored solutions to achieve faster to market lower cost colour production. Powerful international network from all aspects of design and technology to manage the developement of colour parnterships for effective global colour supply chain strategy. Successful in interim colour and technology roles and colour management projects quickly integrating with teams and the supply base to be immediately effective. Organisation and delivery of effective colour skills training for head office and supply chain and the organisation of colour fashion textile events.

Specialties:Development and implementation of global colour accreditation programs, interactive on line colour management systems, technical colour libraries and standards. Essential colour specification and approval skills for design and buying teams for instant benefits of reduced lead times. Comprehensive range of colour lectures and skills short courses for design and fashion students including applied colour psychology. Interim fabric/colour technology and events management roles.


 Valérie Bonnardel MA, PhD.  Valérie Bonnardel

Chairperson Colour Group (Great Britain) 
ChairAP-NID Colour Research Lab.  – Present (4 years 1 month) NID – Ahmedabad India
Reader in Experimental Psychology University of Winchester   – Present (8 years 8 months)