The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has appointed a new chairman to take over from outgoing executive Peter Lucas.

Having held the position since 2008, Lucas has decided not to seek re-election and will step down as of May 2015. As a result, Nigel Lugg, the group chairman at garment manufacturer and importer Prominent Europe, will take over as chairman on his departure.

Lucas has been chairman of the UKFT since its formation and merger with the British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA). Throughout his career Lucas has been involved in key roles at a number of fashion industry bodies, including the BCIA, the British Apparel and Textile Confederation, the British Knitting and Clothing Export Council and UK Fashion Exports.

On his decision to step down, he said: "Trade associations play a key role in helping shape the business environment in which we all operate and I am delighted that UKFT has had such a fantastic track record in helping businesses in the fashion and textile sector grow and develop.

"I know that UKFT will grow from strength to strength under a new chairman, having an active industrialist at the head of this organisation is vital in ensuring UKFT continues to represent the needs of its members."