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BFC Foundation Designer Trustee

British Fashion Council
London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
25 May 2024

Job Details

Role details:

  • Term of office: 3 years
  • The Trustee is welcome to join the breadth of events that take place throughout the year held by the BFC and the BFC Foundation; there will be at least 3 events each year that Trustees will be expected to attend (London based).
  • There will be between 3 and 4 in-person 1:5-2hr Trustee meetings per year. There will also be project-based work depending on priorities and strategy.
  • Remuneration: This is a voluntary position and as such does not pay a salary. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed.


About the BFC

The BFC is a not-for-profit organisation existing to further the interests of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. Formed in 1983, the BFC is funded by industry patrons, commercial sponsors, and the government including the Mayor of London and the ERDF. It leads the industry through creative influence and is strategically repositioning British fashion in the global fashion economy. In 2017, the BFC publicly announced its intention to significantly increase fundraising activities and raise £10 million over 10 years to support the next generation of talent in the fashion industry.


To help with this aim, the BFC established the BFC Foundation in 2019 to establish one central charitable vehicle within the BFC Group.


This is an exciting time to join the BFC Foundation. Since 2020, we have been committed to boosting the profile of the charity; developing the Global Patron Programme, growing our fundraising objectives and importantly, strengthening the governance. With this in mind, we are looking to bolster our Trustee Board further with the recruitment of a British Designer to join Andin Fonyonga, Pam Batty, Laura Strain, Caroline Rush and David Pemsel.


The designer-based Trustee will join other Trustees to guide and steer relevant actions of the Charity. They will be called upon based on their esteemed experience as a designer, brand owner and as someone who has benefitted from funding from the BFC charitable initiatives.



We are looking for applicants with experience in the following areas:


  • Founder/Creative Director of a British Owned Fashion Brand who have actively traded for over 8+ years.
  • Has worked across both the British Fashion Industry and the wider, Global industry for 8+ years.
  • Has been a previous shortlist/winner of a BFC Foundation Grant.
  • Previously had or has a business which has global recognition and global retailer stockists.


How to Apply


  • If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a short bio and a paragraph as to why you feel you’d be a good fit for the role to
  • Closing date for applications: 20th May 2024.


The BFC is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. They’re more than just words. We are inclusive. We celebrate and champion multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation. So together we’re building a culture where difference is valued. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience drives us forward every day internally and externally.


If you need any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please let us know and we will do our best to support you.


The British Fashion Council is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. The BFC is funded by industry patrons, commercial sponsors and the government including the Mayor of London and the ERDF.

The BFC has five strategic pillars; business, reputation, education, digital & innovation and investment. 

The BFC showcases the best of British fashion design to an international audience with London Fashion Week, its showcase of womenswear and London Collections: Men, its menswear showcase was established in 2012. Each season LONDON show ROOMs takes emerging designers to Paris giving them the opportunity to promote themselves overseas. The BFC also organises the British Fashion Awards, the UK’s annual celebration of excellence within the industry and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, a biannual shopping event open to the public. 

The BFC helps designers at various stages of their businesses through its support initiatives. These include the Colleges Council, BFC Fashion Film, Rock Vault, Headonism, Estethica; and its menswear and womenswear talent identification schemes NEWGEN, NEWGEN MEN and the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. The BFC also runs and owns charities including the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, the BFC Fashion Trust, the Fashion Arts Foundation and the BFC Princess of Wales Charitable Trust. The BFC has published the Designer Fact-File, an online handbook for designers, and the first ever in-depth statistic-based reports on the fashion industry, The Value of Fashion & The Future of Fashion (2012)

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