The newly appointed chairman of the British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA) says he wants to encourage greater interaction with businesses in the clothing and fashion industry.

Peter Lucas, who took on his new role at the end of May, succeeds James McAdam who held the post for the past 17 years.

Lucas says he now wants to attract new members to a more vibrant organisation by ensuring the Association better reflects the industry as it looks today.

Lucas says: "The British fashion industry is alive and well. We need to build an organisation that mirrors where the industry is now and where it is going."

His first step will be to bring to the running of the BCIA more people that are active in the industry and who represent the broad spread of the sector, such as men's wear, women's wear, knitwear and workwear.

At the same time, Lucas is looking to work more closely with other trade associations within the fashion industry.

"We need to be able to talk as one industry and with one voice. The BCIA has the potential to be the focal point for the industry so we can all work together for the benefit of those within the sector."

Lucas will be supported in his role by John Miln, chief executive of tie company Michelsons, who has been appointed deputy chairman and treasurer of BCIA.

Peter Lucas is chairman and chief executive of BMB Group and chairman of Arafa Holdings Brand Division.