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Riva Steps Down as BFC Chief

Outspoken proponent of British fashion to chair new committee.

LONDON — Hilary Riva will step down as chief executive of the British Fashion Council as part of a management restructuring as the organization marks its 25th anniversary.

The BFC said Riva, who had worked part time and on a pro-bono basis, would leave next month. Simon Ward, who is head of operations, and Caroline Rush, head of public relations, will succeed her as full-time co-chief executives.

Riva, who took on the role four years ago, has been an outspoken proponent of British fashion, fighting to raise the profile of London Fashion Week and defending its place in the European calendar.

She was also instrumental in setting up the Model Health Inquiry in 2007 to look into the welfare and treatment of runway models and helped to secure funds from the London Development Agency for BFC initiatives.

Riva will become the chairman of a new committee that will focus on future development projects for the BFC.

Harold Tillman, chairman of the BFC, called Riva a “catalyst for positive change,” and said Ward and Rush would drive new initiatives and opportunities to aid the growth of British designers.