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Media Release: Australian Fashion Council appoints two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board

“We are delighted to welcome Mr Schuman and Ms Waldron who bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to advancing our industry."

by The AFC

1 February 2024


Australian Fashion Council appoints two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board

The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of two distinguished Non-Executive Directors to its Board; Mr. Alex Schuman, CEO of Carla Zampatti and Ms. Helen Waldron, Head of Member Relations and NSW Head at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

Ms Marianne Perkovic, Chair AFC said “We are delighted to warmly welcome Mr Schuman and Ms Waldron who each have a wealth of personal experience and a shared commitment to positively progress our industry.

“Mr. Schuman's extensive government relationships and proven track record in business will be invaluable assets as we navigate the dynamic challenges and opportunities within our industry.

“Mr. Schuman brings a rich tapestry of experience as the CEO of Carla Zampatti, a revered name synonymous with elegance and empowerment in the Australian fashion landscape. The late Carla Zampatti was one of the original founders of the AFC, and Mr Schuman’s passionate advocacy for local manufacturing and dedication to continuing his mother's legacy of empowering women in business resonate deeply with the AFC’s vision. 

Ms. Waldron is a prominent leader within the business community, holding the esteemed joint positions as Ai Group’s Head of Member Relations and Head of Ai Group - NSW. With her profound expertise in membership, advocacy, and a nuanced understanding of business dynamics, Ms. Waldron will play a pivotal role in fostering collaboration and driving innovation.

“The AFC’s capability to continue to champion innovation, sustainability and empowerment at a time when the Fashion and Textile industry is being challenged by transformational changes will be strengthened by the exceptional skills, dedication, and fresh perspectives Alex and Helen bring to the board.” 

Ms Waldron said “The AFC’s leadership on important industry and societal issues and its focus on having a thriving, innovative, sustainable fashion industry in Australia, strongly resonate with my values and expertise. I am delighted to be joining the AFC Board at such a pivotal time in the organisation’s growth and look forward to contributing my membership, government and stakeholder relationship experience to the benefit of members.” 

Alex Schuman said “The Australian Fashion Industry isn’t just a big business; it’s become a key part of our national cultural identity and a major cultural export. I’m excited to join the AFC Board and engage in a deeper conversation with cultural, business and government leaders as a means of supporting the industry so it can deliver to its potential with benefits for all.”

The AFC is also in the process of securing two additional Board appointments for 2024 and finalising the appointment of a new CEO, which will be announced in due course.

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