As a membership-based organisation, the British Footwear Association is made up of a network of UK based footwear manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, service providers and retailers.

Our focus is to promote and enable the footwear sector both domestically and across the globe through a range of activities.

With members ranging from the smallest artisan shoe-makers to the largest and best known brands in the world, the BFA’s reach and exposure is significant. Through our membership, links to Government and internal resources, we provide expertise, support, advice, guidance and insight across a wide range of topics, ensuring we help each and every member achieve their goals.

We are strong believers that ‘together we are stronger’. We use this mantra to help unite the UK footwear industry and reinforce its global reputation for world leading, high quality and original footwear products and services.

History of the BFA

How and why it all began

On 1st December 1898 Company 59737, The British Footwear Manufacturers Federation (BFMF) was registered. This registration formalised the existing affiliation of UK Regional Footwear Manufacturing bodies. The BFMF changed its name to the British Footwear Association at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 27th March 1996.

BFA History

Lucy Reece-Raybould

Chief Executive

Lucy joined the British Footwear Association in June, 2019 and is proud to be its first female Chief Executive.

From Swatch in its heyday in the early 90’s, through her own marketing and PR company and on to licensed brands like Guess, Versace and Lacoste, Lucy has worked across a wide sector of the jewellery sector in an operational and marketing capacity. Most recently as Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing of the Company of Master Jewellers, looking after members, suppliers and events.

Lucy is now putting her experience, energy and drive to great use for the BFA and its eclectic mix of members.

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.” Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

“While Howard was speaking on Starbucks, I believe nothing could be truer of the UK footwear industry. We are a collective, a family, of businesses and individuals from every walk of life who have poured their passion and spirit into this amazing industry, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of it.

“Each day I bring my heart and sole (pun-intended - they're currently Wuzzos!) to my desk because I believe in this industry and the people within it, and I will never stop celebrating, championing, and supporting the sector, ensuring we nurture young talent and maintain the UK footwear businesses pivotal role on the international footwear stage, both commercially and strategically.”

Lucy Reece-Raybould, Chief Executive

Meet the board

British Footwear Association Board Members

Robert Perkins

Robert Perkins

BFA Chairman
Daniel Rubin

Daniel Rubin

Founder & Executive Chairman, The Dune Group Ltd
Dan Gyves

Dan Gyves

Founder of Calceus Consulting & Co Founder of Esska Design Ltd
Mike Watson-Smith

Mike Watson-Smith

Sourcing Director, Airwair International Ltd
Paul Savrimoothoo

Paul Savrimoothoo

UK & Ireland Managing Director Pentland Brands
Rachel King

Rachel King

Footwear Development Expert
Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

Managing Director, Oliver Sweeney
Vanessa Podmore

Vanessa Podmore

Founder, Podmore Consulting Ltd
William Church

William Church

Joint Managing Director, Cheaney Shoes Ltd

If you’re interested in becoming a director of the BFA and think you could help promote the footwear industry please get in touch with Lucy at ceo@britishfootwearassociation.co.uk.