Oct 14, 2021
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British Footwear Association adds board members, sets up working groups

Oct 14, 2021

To help “refresh strategy and drive the association forward… as it gathers new members and partners”, the British Footwear Association (BFA) has added three directors to its non-executive board.

The BFA Board of Directors (clockwise from left to right): Jane Wilson, Paul Savrimoothoo, William Church, Rink Bindra, William Miles, Vanessa Podmore, Robert Perkins and Lucy Reece Raybould

These “new personalities” are Jane Wilson, Rink Bindra, and William Miles.

Wilson "has an impressive history in the footwear sector", having worked at Start-Rite Shoes, ECCO and Clarks International before becoming the chief executive of the William Lamb Group in 2018. She is also a partner in MOOT Management Consulting.

Bindra joins “with a strong commercial background and plenty of entrepreneurial experience” having spent the last nine years in the footwear trade, latterly as head of omnichannel at footwear retailer Tower London, with responsibility for retail, online and logistics.

Miles is an intellectual property lawyer, advising BFA members and clients in the footwear industry for more than seven years. He is particularly focused on dispute resolution and litigation.

Lucy Reece Raybould, BFA CEO, said of the appointments: “We had so many amazing people [applying for the posts] and it really is a testament to the resilience and optimism being demonstrated by our members and the continuing success of our new Association-wide strategy, which is inspiring confidence and collaboration.”

She added: “These changes at the director level come at an exciting time for the BFA, which has also announced the establishment of four Working Groups, each themed to address one of the Association’s core areas of focus: Commerce & Trade; Marketing & Representation; Production, Training & Future Technologies, and Sustainability & Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG).”

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