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Garratt to become BFM md

Former Ercol md Nick Garratt is to become the new md of the BFM.

He will take up his role on 5 November and succeeds Jackie Bazeley who has held the post since 2011.

Bazeley will stay on in a part-time capacity to assist with the next London Fabric Show and SupportAbility project and fully retire from the organisation mid-2019.

‘Having served on the board of directors of the BFM for a number of years I would like to thank Jackie for the terrific job she has carried out modernising and moving the organisation forward. It is now a real privilege for me to now step up to the role as md. I am looking forward to working with the team and the board to further improve the service we offer to our members,’ said Garratt.

‘It has been a privilege working for the BFM and I have enjoyed my time with the association and expanding my network and knowledge within the industry. I know it is in safe hands with Nick and he will advance the BFM further to the benefit of members. I wish both him and the association all the best for the future. I am now looking forward to spending time with my partner, family and friends,’ said Bazeley.

She has been instrumental in reviving the trade association's London Fabric Show, increasing visitor figures year-on-year to see record levels for the 2018 exhibition. She was also responsible for the rationalisation of the organisation and consolidating its assets.

Meanwhile the organisation has appointed Lisa Williamson to the new role of education and training manager.

She joins from Occupational Awards. In her new role, she will be responsible for working with the industry to continue to develop and promote apprenticeship standards. She will also help grow and develop the BFM's education and training offer to support the industry, working in partnership with Occupational Awards.

‘I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity with the BFM and working more closely with the furniture industry to further develop education and training opportunities,’ said Williamson.

‘The BFM recognises the ongoing importance of education and training to ensure the sustainability of our workforce to compete globally. I saw the opportunity to harness Lisa's expertise and a partnership with Occupational Awards to further our work towards this goal,’ said Bazeley.