Dr Philip Wright has been appointed as chief executive to the Textile Services Association (TSA) with immediate effect.
Wright brings to the TSA over 20 years’ experience in membership and trade associations with a particular focus on strategy, regulation and public affairs. He takes over from Dr Roger Salmon who has been interim CEO since January 2015, and will continue to assist with the transition.
Julian Carr, chairman of the TSA Board and operations director hospitality at Berendsen, commented: “I’m delighted that Philip has joined the TSA as our new chief executive. I also want to thank Roger Salmon for his excellent stewardship as interim CEO. With Philip’s appointment we have a real opportunity to raise the profile of our services to our customers, supply partners and in the wider commercial environment. It’s also important that, from the current foundations, we can increase awareness of our role and ensure value for the investment and commitment by our Members to the TSA.”
In the 1990s Philip worked in the CBI and subsequently has held senior Director positions in the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), Glaxo Wellcome and was the Chief Executive of The Physiological Society where he successfully implemented a new strategic plan, negotiated a major multi-million pound publishing contract and raised its profile over a five year period. He has also established a novel public-private partnership with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department of Health and a number of pharmaceutical companies.
During his career Philip has influenced legislation and regulations in Parliament and in the EU, has published a variety of reports that have been picked up in Government policy and has initiated a number of collaborative initiatives in the trade associations in which he has worked.
Philip says: “I’m delighted to be joining the TSA: this is a big industry that is critical to so many sectors across the UK. We have a real opportunity to raise the industry’s profile and increase the influence of the TSA with Government and parliament.”
He continues: “Building on the foundation established by Roger and the Board, I see three key priorities: seeing how we can enhance our support for membership in key areas such as education, training and careers as well as technical support; getting our key messages about the breath and scale of the industry to key opinion leaders; and further improving our reporting to, engagement with and accountability to the membership. I am really looking forward to working with the Board and getting out to meet many members over the coming months to get a real understanding of the industry.”