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Peter Lucas to step down as UKFT chairman

UK Fashion & Textile Association chairman Peter Lucas will step down next year after holding the position since the industry body’s formation seven years ago.

He will be replaced in May by current deputy chairman Nigel Lugg, who was chosen in a vote held by the board of directors last week. Lugg is also group chairman of two Nottinghamshire-based clothing suppliers, Prominent Europe and Quantum.

Throughout his career Lucas has been involved in key roles at a number of fashion trade bodies, including the British Clothing Industry Association, the British Apparel & Textile Confederation, the British Knitting & Clothing Export Council and UK Fashion Exports.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the industry. Trade associations play a key role in helping shape the business environment in which we all operate and I am delighted that UKFT has had such a fantastic track record in helping businesses in the fashion and textile sector grow and develop.

“I know that UKFT will grow from strength to strength under a new chairman; having an active industrialist at the head of this organisation is vital in ensuring UKFT continues to represent the needs of its members.”

Lugg, who began his career as a buyer at Liberty and then House of Fraser, said taking up the position of chairman was a “fantastic opportunity to serve the industry”.

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