Walpole chief executive Julia Carrick has stepped down from her role after 13 years at the luxury brands trade body.
Carrick, who joined Walpole in 2000, will continue a close relationship with the group as its first global ambassador and member of the Walpole Advisory Council.
During her time at Walpole Carrick has grown the membership from 27 to 180. She has also spearheaded a number of major campaigns for the luxury industry, most recently on easing visa restrictions for Chinese visitors.
A search for Julia’s successor is now underway and Wapole said “an announcement will be made in due course”.
Chairman Ben Hughes said he was delighted Carrick would continue her relationship with the trade body.
He added: “I want to express my sincere thanks to Julia, not only for her tireless work and commitment to the industry but also for an outstanding programme of events and numerous initiatives that she has created and driven forward during her tenure. In doing so, she has helped ensure that Walpole represents the very best interests of the British luxury industry.
Carrick said: “I am honoured to have been able to play a part in developing Walpole into the major British luxury body it is today and to have worked so closely with such wonderful, thriving and innovative member companies and brands.”
She added however that after 13 years she feels now is the “right time to progress to new challenges within the luxury arena”.