New structure of BFC

Friday, 13 March 2009
The 25th anniversary of the British Fashion Council (BFC) brings a new structure as announced by Harold Tillman, Chairman of the BFC. As part of the council’s 25th year legacy plans, the first stage is to establish a full time management team. Over the past four years, Hilary Riva has worked on a pro bono basis as Chief Executive to increase both financial and industry support for the BFC and to reinvigorate London Fashion Week.  Hilary is now handing over to a new and larger management team with resources to take forward new initiatives and lay the foundations for future growth. From April 2009 Caroline Rush and Simon Ward will become joint Chief Executives of the BFC.

Hilary Riva will step down as CEO to take on a role which will focus on future development projects for the BFC. These projects will include funding of both the BFC and designer support, the remit of the BFC and its future role within the industry through an industry report In order to move forward on these projects, the BFC will establish a new development committee, of which Hilary will become the chairperson.

In Harold Tillman’s opening speech at London Fashion Week, February 2009, he announced that London Fashion Week would move to a new home, Somerset House from this September. This move is part of 25 year legacy plans and will be integral to delivering the first part of the new strategy.

Caroline Rush has worked with the British Fashion Council since 1998 and in PR and marketing for 17 years. Simon Ward has worked for the British Fashion Council for over 20 years, first as Administrator and more recently as Head of Operations. Both have worked alongside Hilary Riva and share her commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for British fashion talent to showcase and grow their businesses in the UK and internationally and look forward to taking these forward under their management.

Hilary Riva said: “There are many challenges ahead as well as
opportunities.  In order to take advantage of the opportunities and to work through the challenges an increased management team is required. I am delighted that both Caroline and Simon, who have been part of the changes we have made to date and who are both committed to achieving our shared goals and vision have agreed to take on these roles.  I look forward to now focusing on projects that form part of the BFC’s 25th Year legacy strategy and new projects that will be of long term value to the industry.”

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a non profit company set up in 1983 to promote British fashion and co-ordinate this promotion through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events. The British Fashion Council is ‘Celebrating 25 Years of British Fashion’ throughout 2009. This encompasses 25 years of the British Fashion Council, 25 years of promoting London Fashion Week and 25 years of British Fashion Awards.

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