The British Fashion Council would like to thank Hilary Riva for the time and support she has given to the organisation and the fashion industry over the past five years. Hilary was appointed Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council in December 2005. Tasked with the role of making the British Fashion Council an organisation that is able to create a sustainable future for London Fashion Week, Hilary, in partnership with both the BFC Chairman (previously Sir Stuart Rose and currently Harold Tillman CBE) created a vision, strategy and a solid structure for the British Fashion Council, increased revenues and sponsorship from commercial partners and worked with the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency to deliver a funding package to support emerging designer businesses in London. Hilary appointed a new management team in 2009 and has since worked as a non-executive director. Hilary has stepped down to make room for a new non-executive director to work with the team under a new governance structure.
Harold Tillman CBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council commented “Hilary has played a pivotal role in turning the British Fashion Council into a dynamic, forward thinking organisation. She appointed a highly creative management team that she has the confidence in to take the organisation forward. We all thank Hilary for her vision and dedication over the past five years, we truly would not be in the position we are today without her”.