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Hilary Riva steps down as ceo of British Fashion Council

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Hilary Riva is to step down as chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) as part of a management restructure initiated by chairman Harold Tillman.

Simon Ward and Caroline Rush who become joint chief executives of the body which organises London Fashion Week. Ward has worked at BFC for more than 20 years was latterly head of operations, while Rush has worked with the council for more than 10 years in an advisory role.

Riva will remain at the BFC to chair a newly formed development committee. The committee will focus on future funding of both the BFC and designer support, the remit of the BFC and its future role within the industry.

“She stabilised BFC, got it funded with LDA [the London Development Agency] but she was doing it pro bono and had been for over three years and I think it needs full-time management.”

Harold Tillman, chairman, British Fashion Council

Tillman, who took office during London Fashion Week (LFW) in September last year, said Riva had “done a remarkable job”. “She stabilised BFC, got it funded with LDA [the London Development Agency] but she was doing it pro bono and had been for over three years and I think it needs full-time management,” he added.

Riva, who was appointed by former BFC chairman Sir Stuart Rose, said the increased management team was necessary to “take advantage of the opportunities and work through the challenges” of the coming years.

Ward and Rush have been charged with conceiving a new three-year plan which involves further development of LFW, establishing and growing a business support package for designers and increasing opportunities and funding for British designer businesses.

BFC and LFW, which moves to a new venue at Somerset House in September, celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

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