Phil Gibbs to take up role as the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) waves a fond farewell to Richard Plowman who is retiring after 12 years at the organisation's helm.
Mr Plowman led the organisation to its largest-ever membership, launched the SOLEX exhibition, and was the inspiration behind the soon to be launched 'Made Aware' environmental scheme.
Taking over the reins, Mr Gibbs is an ex-Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence executive with an impressive academic record with two Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Education, Leadership and Management. Mr Gibbs is looking forward to utilising his background and experience to further develop the LOFA membership and officially launch the 'Made Aware' scheme.
He said: "It's an exciting time at LOFA and we're all very grateful to the hard work and dedication Richard has given the organisation over the last 12 years. We already have an impressive membership and can boast the biggest names in the world of barbecues and outdoor furniture but we do want to attract more companies so that we can develop further opportunities for our members, and strengthen our voice in the leisure marketplace."
He continued: "In January we shall officially launch our 'Made Aware' scheme. LOFA members have signed-up to make an environmental difference in the manufacture of their products and we've already had much interest from the consumer press and celebrities to support this worthwhile cause."