Phil Gibbs takes over the reins at LOFA

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) is waving a fond farewell Richard Plowman.Richard has led the organisation to its largest-ever membership, launched the ever-expanding SOLEX exhibition, and
was the inspiration behind the soon to be launched ‘Made Aware’ environmentalscheme. 
 

Taking over the reins is Phil Gibbs, 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. Phil is looking forward to utilising his background and experience to further develop the LOFA membership and officially launch the industry’s first credible environmental scheme, ‘Made Aware.’
 
He says: “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.”
 
LOFA was formed in 1967 to offer to offer business support for companies manufacturing or distributing garden furniture, barbecues, parasols, soft furnishings, garden lighting and outdoor play equipment in the UK. To find out more about LOFA, visitwww.lofa.co.uk.

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