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UKFT board restructures board

The UK Fashion and Textile Assocation (UKFT) has reshuffled its board in the hope of creating a more dynamic and strategic decision making body.

It is hoped the new smaller board, will revitalise the industry wide body and the nine members will be tasked with raising the profile and increasing the income of the UKFT.

Peter Lucas will continue as chairman, with John Miln, former deputy chairman and treasurer stepping up to become acting chief executive. He is currently consulting with the board on strategy and governance and will guide the board through its early stages as it sets out the future of the organisation.

Chief operating officer Adam Mansell will alter his role at the end of October to become a consultant.

Peter Lucas, UKFT chairman, says: “I am delighted that UKFT has taken this important step and look forward to working with the new board to ensure UKFT is the voice of the entire fashion and textile industry. The new board members bring with them an immense amount of experience across a wide number of business sectors and I know that together we will achieve a great deal for the industry.”

The new UKFT Board comprises:

UKFT Chairman Peter Lucas (chairman and chief executive officer of menswear supplier Baird Group)

Simon Berwin (managing director at menswear supplier Berwin & Berwin)

Belinda Dickson (chief executive officer of cashmere label Belinda Robertson)

Nigel Lugg (group chief executive officer of supplier Prominent Apparel)

Bill Macbeth (managing director, Textile Centre of Excellence)

Stewart McGuffie (chief executive officer of Allied Textiles)

Ken Scates (President, National Childrenswear Association)

Murray Simpson (chief executive officer of the Textile Services Association)

Martin Strzelecki (joint chief executive officer of lifestyle brand Henri Lloyd)

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