London, England (CNS) – Hilary Riva is to step down as chief executive (CEO) of the British Fashion Council. Caroline Rush and Simon Ward will replace her as joint chief executives of the BFC.
Riva’s exit comes as part of a management restructuring put in place by the new BFC chairman Harold Tillman. “Caroline and Simon have both worked with the British Fashion Council for many years…….they will drive more new initiatives and more opportunities for talented British designers to showcase, develop and grow,” Tillman said in a statement.
He added: “Hilary has been a catalyst for positive change for the British Fashion Council. I thank her on behalf of the industry for the generosity of time, her commitment and the selfless energy she has given to date and will not doubt continue to commit to our legacy projects.”
According to Drapers Online, Riva will remain at the BFC to chair a newly formed development committee focusing on future funding and designer support, the remit of the BFC and its future role within the industry.
Meanwhile Ward and Rush have been charged with conceiving a new three-year plan which involves further development of London fashion Week, which moves to a new venue at Somerset House in September.