Garry Knox, Sustainability Director at Green Earth Cleaning, has been appointed as vice-chair of the ASBCI
Garry Knox, Sustainability Director at Green Earth Cleaning, has been appointed as vice-chair of the ASBCI.
“We have always valued the fashion industry’s role in shaping a more sustainable future, and are happy that so many brands include GreenEarth as an important partner to achieve a kinder clean. “Tim Maxwell
Dr Julie King named new chair of the ASBCI
Dr Julie King, Executive Dean for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University, is the new chair of the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI). Garry Knox, Sustainability Director at Green Earth Cleaning, has been appointed as vice-chair, alongside existing vice-chair Jonty Wilson.
Formerly ASBCI Event Director, Dr Julie King brings 30 years of experience in fashion and textiles academia to her new role as chair, having worked in universities across the UK and abroad. She takes over from Dr Alistair Knox, who stepped down in March and will continue to serve on the Association’s board of directors.
King takes charge of the ASBCI at a time of rapid change in the fashion and textile sector.
She will focus on the continued development of the Association as a centre of technical excellence and knowledge sharing within the UK industry. In particular, her expertise in digital technologies will be essential for guiding ASBCI’s ongoing digital journey and the evolution of its activities to ensure a rewarding and relevant membership experience.
King is the Executive Dean for the School of Digital Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University, a position she took up in May 2022. She was Events Director for the ASBCI for 10 years and is a member of the FTC Steering Committee. King has a PhD in colour forecasting. She also worked as a forecaster with Global Colour Research and published in books, journals. She also delivers conference papers, guest lectures and keynote speeches, and is regularly invited to review conference abstracts and papers and help organise events on the topic.
Commenting is Outgoing Chair, Dr Alistair Knox.
“I am delighted to pass the reins of the ASBCI to Julie. She has done an exceptional job as Event Director for many years, producing a series of successful conferences and webinars. I know she will continue to do an exceptional job as chair. Her experience and knowledge of the industry and its digital transformation make her perfectly placed to continue the ASBCI’s own transformation and ensure the Association remains relevant to members in this new era.”
Dr Julie King adds: “I would like to thank Alistair for his many years at the helm of the ASBCI and his dedication to both the Association and the industry it serves. I am excited to take over this role and continue to guide the Association and its members through the challenges and opportunities of the coming years. We have several initiatives planned for the next 12 months and I look forward to liaising with members to ensure the ASBCI is aligned with their needs and priorities.”
New vice-chair Garry Knox was previously Membership and Marketing Director, a position he held from 2016. He will fulfil the duties of the vice-chair alongside Jonty Wilson, Head of Quality – Sourcing at Primark. Knox says: “I have worked closely with Julie for several years on various ASBCI committees and initiatives. I am delighted that, together with Jonty, we will take on the important task of steering the ASBCI and its members through the years ahead, ensuring that we bring opportunities for all members to help understand new innovations, and embrace changes in the industry landscape.”
The ASBCI is a not-for-profit UK-based organisation.
Formed in 1973, its membership represents all key sectors of the clothing and textile supply chain. Furthermore, it is the only forum of its kind where component suppliers and fabric producers can exchange ideas and knowledge with designers, retailers and garment cleaning specialists. ASBCI operates without commercial preference and its impartial stance makes it a unique organisation where members can meet, discuss issues, and share their experiences.
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