John Miln will step down as chief executive of the UK Fashion & Textile Association and current director of special projects Adam Mansell will take up the role in January.
Miln has been in the position since 2011 and previously spent his whole career in textiles and apparel, with stints at companies including Coats Viyella, Pringle, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Michelsons and Philips Van Heusen Corp. He will stay on as a consultant to the UKFT.
“This planned leadership transition comes at a time of strength and growth for UKFT,” said Miln. “I look forward to working with Adam, the board and the UKFT team as a consultant after retiring as CEO and I am hugely grateful to them for their commitment and support over the years.”
As director of special projects at UKFT, Mansell’s focus has been on increasing the membership offer, including overseeing the introduction of a new Retail Partner Programme, as well as introducing the UKFT Masterclasses and running an environmental programme to support UK dyers and weavers in reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.
Along with his work at UKFT, Mansell is a director of fashion and textile advisory firm Wulff Consultancy and has recently been elected as president of Ginetex, which owns the trademarked care labelling symbols.
From January, he will also be a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.
He previously worked in the accountancy and publishing sectors and joined the textile and apparel industry 20 years ago, with experience of working with the entire fashion and textile supply chain.
Mansell said: “John Miln has done an exceptional job in positioning UKFT as the most inclusive British network for fashion and textiles and I am both delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of CEO. I look forward to working with the UKFT team to continue the vital work the association undertakes on behalf of the industry.”
UKFT chairman Nigel Lugg added: “John Miln has been a very strong leader for UKFT and one who has managed the organisation through challenging transitions. I look forward to working with Adam Mansell in continuing to bring the industry together and am delighted to welcome him into his new role in January.”