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Michael Ward and Jonathan Heilbron join Walpole board

Walpole, the luxury brands trade body, has appointed Harrods managing director Michael Ward and Thomas Pink chief executive Jonathan Heilbron to its board of directors.

Both Ward and Heilbron have been long-time supporters of Walpole, which represents labels including Burberry, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo. They have been Walpole Brands of Tomorrow mentors and regularly speak at the organisation’s seminars and workshops.

Ward has been managing director of the iconic London department store Harrods since 2005 and during this time has embarked on a programme of business development. Heilbron joined Thomas Pink in 1997 as finance director and became president and chief executive in 2004.

Ben Hughes, chairman of Walpole, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Michael Ward and Jonathan Heilbron to the board. They both have extensive experience in the luxury and corporate sectors and are hugely valuable additions to the board.”

Walpole has also created a new advisory council to provide senior level advice and support to the organisation. Sir David Bell, former chairman of Walpole, has been appointed as president.

Hughes said the new board members and the advisory council would be “instrumental in driving Walpole forward and taking it to its next stage of growth”.

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