BTHA names new chairman and vice chairman

Published on: 6th July 2023

As former chairman Graham Canning completes his term in the role, the British Toy & Hobby Association welcomes new toy industry stalwarts to senior positions.

L-R: Simon Pilkington, new chairman of the BTHA, and outgoing chairman Graham Canning

The British Toy & Hobby Association says it is delighted to announce that Simon Pilkington of John Adams has been promoted to the position of chairman of the BTHA, while Colin Houlihan of HTI has succeeded Simon as the association’s vice chairman.

Phil Ratcliffe of MV Sports and Jon Diver of Character Options remain as the association’s president and vice president respectively.

Graham Canning has completed his term as chairman of the Association, with the BTHA’s recent Industry Day his last official event in the role. The BTHA wishes to express its immense gratitude to Graham for his hugely skilled leadership of the association over the last two and a quarter years, during the turbulent period of Covid-19 and the challenges that presented.

The association also wishes Simon and Colin well in their new roles and thanks both of them, as well as Phil and Jon, for their continued service to the BTHA. The membership at the recent AGM joined in wishing Graham and the new management team well.


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