The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced that DFS chairman Richard Baker has been appointed as the association’s new chair of the board.

Richard, who is currently on the BRC board, will take up his new role from 1 September 2016 and will replace outgoing Sir Charlie Mayfield when he stands down after two years at the helm.

Commenting on his new position, Richard said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the BRC members and to chairing the BRC as its role becomes more vital than ever before.”

Helen Dickinson, CEO, said: “Richard’s CV speaks for itself. His wealth and breadth of experience will be critical as we take the BRC forward through a period of profound political and economic change. At the same time, we owe a very large debt of gratitude to Charlie for his guidance, insight and support as our chair, during which time the BRC has undergone yet further transformation.

“We are especially grateful for Charlie’s support for the retail industry’s pay, progression and productivity work which has put the changing retail workplace landscape on the economic and political map.”

Sir Charlie Mayfield added: “It has been a privilege to have been the chairman of the BRC over the past two years and a great pleasure to have worked with Helen and many in the industry in this period of change for the BRC.

“It is an organisation with tremendous potential and I’m sure that Richard’s strong record in both managing and chairing consumer businesses will serve the BRC well for the next phase of its development. I wish Richard and everyone at the BRC every success in the future.”