The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has announced that its chief executive officer John Miln will step down next year.
Miln, who has held the position since 2011, will stay on as a consultant to UKFT, but will retire as CEO.
Adam Mansell, the current director of special projects at UKFT, will succeed Miln and assume the role next month.
His focus has been on increasing the membership offer, including overseeing the introduction of a new Retail Partner Programme, as well as introducing the UKFT Masterclasses and running an environmental programme, which has seen UK dyers and weavers significantly reduce their CO2 emissions.
Along with his work at UKFT, Mansell is a director of Wulff Consultancy; a bespoke consultancy for the fashion and textile industry and has recently been elected as president of Ginetex, the organisation that owns the trademarked care labelling symbols.
Mansell said of his new appointment: “John Miln has done an exceptional job in positioning UKFT as the most inclusive British network for fashion and textiles and I am both delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of CEO. I look forward to working with the UKFT team to continue the vital work the association undertakes on behalf of the industry.”
Miln commented: “I have been privileged to lead the UK Fashion & Textile Association over the last five years as CEO. This planned leadership transition comes at a time of strength and growth for UKFT. I look forward to working with Adam, the Board and the UKFT team as a Consultant after retiring as CEO and I am hugely grateful to them for their commitment and support over the years.”