Premier Decoration's Pravin Patel is new vice chairman. Bevington stepped down for "personal reasons" after three years as chairman but will remain Kettler's LOFA representative.
initially worked in Sales for Pan Britannica Industries(PBI), then joined Fiskars UK before starting at Outback in 2002.
He said; "It is a great honour to become chairman of LOFA in its 50 th year, and particularly when our membership faces such challenges as Brexit and a falling pound – issues which I am confident will encourage more companies in the garden furniture and outdoor leisure industries to seek the benefits of the Association. I continue to be impressed by the dedication, passion and sheer resilience of the suppliers and customers in our industry, and look forward to welcoming existing and new members, and retailers, to our annual showpiece shop window, the SOLEX exhibition at the NEC from July 11-13."
Patel is a director at Premier Decorations where he has been for almost 30 years. He also heads the
Summer and Outdoor Division which was launched in 1994.
He said: "At a challenging time generally for business, LOFA and SOLEX need to utilise all the considerable wealth of experience and continued efforts of Members and Council together to ensure that the members and association can continue to thrive successfully."