Pam Plant, former housewares director of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association, has taken up a consultancy role with Spring and Autumn Fairs organiser Emap Connect Home & Gift.
David Metcalfe, new president of the British Jewellery, Giftware and Finishing Federation, has also been appointed as consultant.
Pam Plant, resigned from BHETA earlier this year after nine years in the role and as show director of Exclusively Housewares. Now, she says she is relishing the opportunity to be involved with the “great brands” of Spring and Autumn Fairs.
She takes up her post of development director of Kitchen, dining and housewares tomorrow (July 13).
“I’m really excited to be working with a team of people who I’ve known and respected for some time,” she said. “These fairs are already key events in the calendar, but I look forward to the challenge of helping develop both brands across the kitchen, dining and housewares sectors.”
Prior to joining BHETA, Plant was research director at the Housewares Business Centre (HBC) for 10 years. In her new role she will work closely with Autumn Fair and Spring Fair’s Kitchen and Dining event director,Roz McGuinness.
In his new position, David Metcalfe will be acting as a conduit between trade bodies and associations, exhibitors and buyers to provide home and gift industry feedback.
Metcalfe, managing director of TPS from 1988 to 2003 and its chairman from 1998 to 2005, presided over the growth of Spring Fair in the late 80s – when the show trebled in size – and launched Autumn Fair in 1990.
He commented: “I’m very honoured to be president of the BJGF and this gives me unique access to industry influencers. It’s in everybody’s interest for there to be strong and successful trade shows in our marketplaces. This move will strengthen the important working relationship between BJGF and Emap.”