Jaeger owner Harold Tillman will continue to be the Honorary Chairman of the British Fashion Council throughout 2012.
The high street mogal replaced Sir Stuart Rose in 2008 and is credited launching the BFC/Vogue Designer Fund
and putting in place a full time management team for the organisation, including the appointment of Caroline Rush to CEO and Simon Ward as COO. He further played a lead role in moving London Fashion Week to Somerset House, which previously showed in Kensington and Battersea.
In a statement the BFC said Harold delivered the Value of Fashion report in 2010, defining the British fashion industry for the first time and assessing its true value to UK PLC. In 2011 he established the China Britain Fashion Alliance and has supported the development of the London show Rooms programme bringing in global partners to promote British talent overseas.
Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council said “The BFC is immensely grateful to Harold for the incredible hard work he has put into the role. He has been an inspirational and visionary leader and under him the BFC and London Fashion Week have significantly expanded and grown in global stature. On behalf of the BFC board, patrons and sponsors I thank Harold for his ongoing support”.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said “Harold's retail flair and business acumen are the perfect foil for the astonishing creativity of our fashion designers. As well as maintaining London Fashion Week's position as one of the most influential international showcases for design, he has been pivotal in the BFC's efforts to nurture up and coming designers. With fashion playing a key role in our celebrations for 2012, Harold will help ensure London's status as a big hitter in the global fashion stakes.”
Chairman of the British Fashion Council is an honorary role with an initial three year commitment, whilst several chairman have served for four years, this extended term will make Harold the organisation’s longest serving Chairman to date.
Image: Harold Tillman & Jo Wood