BPA announces restructure, Robert Anslow resigns

The UK’s trade association for the baby products industry has announced the resignation of its managing director, Robert Anslow, and a complete management restructure.

Above: Robert Anslow
Above: Robert Anslow

Marc Hardenberg, chair of the Baby Products Association, explained: “Robert has been an important figurehead for the Association for many years and has contributed hugely not just to the organisation, but to the nursery industry as a whole. We are hugely grateful for his valuable input and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Going forward, the Association’s executive committee will take on more of a hands on role creating a management team to assist in the day-to-day running of the association. Julie Milne, who has worked with the BPA for many years, has been appointed to a new position of general manager and will continue to be the first port of call for members and industry partners alike.

The Association’s new management team consists of Julie Milne (general manager), Marc Hardenberg (chair), Phil Howe (vice chair), Rachelle Harel (treasurer) and Christine Scippo (membership & marketing).

The Baby Products Association’s current executive committee consists of: Marc Hardenberg (Majuma); Phil Howe (Peg Perego); Rachelle Harel (RH Sales & Marketing); Luke Burns (Columbus Trading); Andy Crane (BabyStyle); Sonia Kelly (Mamas & Papas); Richard Bamforth (UPPAbaby UK); Grainne Kelly (Bubblebum); Mike Chapman (East Coast); Helen Robinson (Hauck Group), and  Selina Russell (Cheeky Rascals), and Mitch Levene (Green Sheep Group).

Marc continues: “The restructuring of the Baby Products Association offers the opportunity to revitalise its position in the industry. We remain committed to ensuring the safety of children and will continue to help shape the future of safety standards and lobby for change in support of the industry. However, we also hope to diversify and grow our membership by opening up new avenues to industry partners such as service providers, retailers and agencies.

“In coming months we will be formulating new opportunities and welcome input from potential industry partners who would like to get involved.”

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