The British Furniture Manufacturers' association (BFM) has announced a change of chairman. Having sold Alstons Upholstery (together with his brother David) and left the furniture industry, John Alston, the chairman of two and a half years, stepped down at the end of the board meeting on 17th June.

Incoming BFM chairman Matt O’Flynn, MD of upholstery manufacturer Collins and Hayes, paid tribute to John's work with the BFM, and as his successor is looking forward to taking the BFM forward. BFM MD Jackie Bazeley also thanked John for his service to the BFM and the personal support given to her, and wished him well in his new venture. Brian Ahern, BFM director and industry consultant, has been appointed interim vice chairman.

To celebrate John’s 40 years in the industry and 12 as a director of the BFM, a small luncheon was held after the BFM board meeting at Furniture Makers Hall. Guests included George Mitchell (past BFM chairman) and his wife Jennifer, Richard Ranklin, and Charles Vernon – the latter were both part of the BFM Young Managers group with John and David some 25 years ago.