New Chairperson for the BCI Council

Announcements Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

BCI announced today that Barry Clarke has been unanimously elected new Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative Council. Barry, an independent Member who was vice Chair of the BCI Council, succeeds Susi Proudman, Vice President of Global Apparel and Equipment Materials at Nike. Susi has stepped down to concentrate her efforts on a new role at Nike.

Barry Clarke has specialised in strategic planning for multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives including the Sustainable Agriculture Network and the ISEAL Alliance. He currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and was previously Chair of Save the Children UK and the International Save the Children Alliance.

The BCI Council is elected by BCI members and is responsible for ensuring the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. Council Members are organisations representing the four membership categories (Retailers and Brands, Suppliers and Manufacturers, Civil Society and Producer Organisations), supplemented by up to three additional independent members.

Newly elected Chairperson of the BCI Council, Barry Clarke, said, “I am honoured to have been elected by the Council to serve as Chair of BCI. I’d like to thank Susi Proudman for all her hard work and look forward to building on the successes we have already achieved. It is an exciting time BCI as we are in a period of rapid expansion to mainstream cotton production. I look forward to collaborating with my Council members, BCI staff, and our partners to ensure that BCI supports and facilitates the development of cotton farmers globally.”

Additional moves on the BCI Council include Phil Townsend of Marks & Spencer who has been unanimously elected vice Chair, and Michelle Miracle, Senior Director, Global Apparel at Nike taking a position on the Council.

Phil Townsend is responsible for developing specialist knowledge for sourcing sustainable raw materials within M&S. With over 20 years’ experience at M&S, he works with the Plan A team, leading the development and implementation of the key raw material strategies. He also works to develop sustainable supply chains from farm to store – including traceability, dye-house efficiencies and compliance, and creating innovative and sustainable products.