The Furniture Industry Research Association has named Charles Vernon as chairman. He takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

charlesVernonMr Vernon (pictured), a longtime Council member at the industry trade body, has been a part of the furniture industry for nearly 40 years.

He was md of Nathan Furniture and a main board director at Parker Knoll PLC before leaving to run outdoor furniture supplier Gloster in the 1990s. He retired as Gloster Furniture group CEO at the end of 2014.

He said: “Michael will be a hard act to follow and I would like to thank him for his contribution to the success of the Association over the last five years. I will be working with my fellow Council members and the team at FIRA to ensure that the Association remains a potent force within the furniture industry.”

The Furniture Industry Research Association provides technical support across the furniture supply chain and funds projects for the benefit of the industry.