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Riva leaves British Fashion Council

Hilary Riva has stepped down from her role as non-executive director of the British Fashion Council (BFC).

Riva worked at the BFC for more than five years and was previously chief executive. She stepped down as chief executive in March last year as part of a management restructure led by Harold Tillman, chairman of the BFC.

The BFC said it will replace Riva.

Riva started her retail management career in 1996 as managing director of womenswear brands Evans, Principles and Racing Green, all then part of Arcadia.

She added Wallis, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins and Topshop to her remit over the next four years and in 2001 she became managing director of Rubicon Retail, leading a mangement buyout of Principles and Warehouse, sportswear chain Hawkshead and menswear retailer Racing Green from Arcadia.

She and business partner Peter Davies, who now operates the Mint Velvet womenswear chain, sold Rubicon to Shoe Studio Group in 2005 for £140m. She then joined the BFC.

Tillman said: “Hilary has played a pivotal role in turning the British Fashion Council into a dynamic, forward thinking organisation. She appointed a highly creative management team that she has the confidence in to take the organisation forward. We all thank Hilary for her vision and dedication over the past five years, we truly would not be in the position we are today without her.”

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