29 May 2024, 16:07
By Furniture News Dec 06, 2021

Outgoing BFM MD looks back on term

Outgoing MD of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) Nick Garratt is gearing up to take the role of chairman at the trade body, as he welcomes his successor Sean Holt to the leadership role.

During his three years at the helm of the BFM, Nick has overseen a number of changes to move the association forward.

These have included the introduction of new services for members, as well as activities to help increase the profile of BFM to the wider industry. Key initiatives include the Markel Law online hub, a significant new benefit for BFM members, which offers legal and business advice on key subjects such as health and safety, employment, tax, contracts and data protection. New branding has also been introduced, putting a new clear identity forward for the association.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, the BFM was quick to provide up-to-date guidance and information for members. And more recently, the BFM’s new website launched earlier this year, while a series of BFM webinars is providing members with expertise from a variety of experts.

Nick says: “My time as MD at the BFM has been exciting, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m delighted the association is in a strong position as I hand over to Sean Holt. BFM aims to grow, to expand membership and increase its value and relevance to industry – and Sean is the ideal person to steer the organisation through the next stage of development.”

As Sean takes the reins, Nick’s expertise will remain with BFM as he moves to a part-time role as chairman of the board.

Current chair, Brian Ahern, will become vice-chairman, and John Woolley will stand down from this position, but continue to serve as a member of the board.

Nick adds: “While it is time for a new direction, I’m delighted to remain involved at BFM in the role of chairman and look forward to working with the board and Sean as he brings new ideas to drive the association forward. Sean’s leadership and experience at the head of a number of membership organisations is a great asset and, combined with the industry-specific expertise of the board, we have created a fantastic team to ensure we can fulfil BFM’s ambitious agenda.”

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