Phil Gibbs takes over the reins at LOFA

Richard has led the organisation to its largest-ever membership, launched the ever-expanding SOLEX exhibition, and
was the inspiration behind the soon to be launched ‘Made Aware’ environmental

Taking over the reins is Phil Gibbs, an ex-Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence
executive with an impressive academic record with two Masters Degrees in
Information Systems and Education, Leadership and Management. Phil is looking
forward to utilising his background and experience to further develop the LOFA
membership and officially launch the industry’s first credible environmental
scheme, ‘Made Aware.’
He says: “It’s an exciting time at LOFA and we’re all very grateful to the hard
work and dedication Richard has given the organisation over the last 12 years.
We already have an impressive membership and can boast the biggest names in the
world of barbecues and outdoor furniture but we do want to attract more
companies so that we can develop further opportunities for our members, and
strengthen our voice in the leisure marketplace.”
He continued: “In January we shall officially launch our ‘Made Aware’ scheme.
LOFA members have signed-up to make an environmental difference in the
manufacture of their products and we’ve already had much interest from the
consumer press and celebrities to support this worthwhile cause.”
LOFA was formed in 1967 to offer to offer business support for companies
manufacturing or distributing garden furniture, barbecues, parasols, soft
furnishings, garden lighting and outdoor play equipment in the UK. To find out
more about LOFA,