David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO
David Giles-Kaye is to step down as CEO of the Australian Fashion Council at the end of 2019 after 4 years in the role. A new CEO has been appointed by the board and will be announced shortly.
David Giles-Kaye has announced that he is to end his tenure at the helm of the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) at the end of 2019. This ends four years of service to Australia’s fashion industry, during which Giles-Kaye has overseen the merger of Australia’s two premier fashion bodies into one unified organisation and a significant growth in business support activity and membership.
In Giles-Kaye’s time, the AFC has focused its industry support role on the growth of businesses and people in the $25billion fashion industry. This has been achieved through an engaging range of programs that address the AFC’s 5 Growth Pillars; design and innovation, ethics and sustainability, building best practice supply chains, nurturing business practice and growing export capability and connections.
One of the key developments in his tenure was the merger of the Council of Textile and Fashion and the Australian Fashion Chamber to form the Australian Fashion Council, a single unified voice for the industry. Since the merger, industry engagement in collaborative growth oriented activities have grown significantly and membership numbers are at record highs.
The AFC Board thank David for his leadership of the organisation, and look forward to continuing to see the AFC support the growth of our local industry, with full confidence in the newly appointed CEO to be announced shortly.