Stephanie Ingham awarded MBE
Stephanie Ingham, ASBCI company secretary has worked tirelessly for the Association and the wider fashion industry for over 40 years. She has been the driving force behind the Association and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for children’s charities and the RSPCA along the way. In recognition of her outstanding contribution she became the most worthy recipient of an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List 2012. Stephanie received her National Honour from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
Commenting on the Honour, Stephanie Ingham said: “I was overwhelmed and absolutely delighted to have been awarded an MBE and it is very humbling to realise that the nomination has been made by my friends and colleagues within the industry with whom I have worked for many years.”
As a founding member of the ASBCI, initially as its secretary, then national executive and most recently as its company secretary, Stephanie has done more than anyone to unite retailers, garment manufacturers, componentry suppliers, textile testing houses, garment after care specialists, fashion colleges and universities. Her outstanding professionalism, selfless commitment and ability to persuade companies across the supply chain to work together for the greater good of the industry is legendary. The industry is indebted to her for creating the forum within which companies, regardless of size and profile, can work together without commercial preference. Thousands of industry professionals across the UK and global supply chain have attended the fashion industry conferences, seminars, forums and technical visits that she has organised. Furthermore she has been responsible for organising the formation of the UK’s largest and most active student/industry membership programme.
In addition she has raised over £200,000 for children’s wish charities through organising ASBCI charity balls, auctions and fashion shows. She has relentlessly lobbied companies the length and breadth of the country for gift donations to worthwhile causes.
Her unique contribution to the British clothing supply chain has been and continues to be quite simply invaluable.