This morning Harold Tillman, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, announced that Caroline Rush and Simon Ward will replace Hillary Riva as Chief Executive of the BFC.
Riva will assume a new role chairing a development committee, dedicated to securing future funding for the BFC, British design talent and the future of the British fashion industry.
Today Harold Tillman said Riva had done a remarkable job. 'She stabilised the BFC, got it funded with LDA [the London Development Agency] but she was doing it pro bono and had been for over three years and I think it needs full-time management.' That full time management will come from Caroline Rush and Simon Ward - who have, between them, 30-years of experience working with the BFC and London Fashion Week.
Riva, who joined the BFC in 2005, was previously an executive at fashion group Rubicon (Whistles, Oasis, Shoe Studio, to name just three ) and is a champion of young British design talent. She is widely credited with transforming London Fashion Week back into the internationally recognised hot house of leading design that it has become in the past three years, and received an OBE in last year's New Year's honours list for her work.
By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 12th March 2009More