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Anthony JW Attard OBE FRSA FIoD

CEO Panaz

Vice Chair: Creative Lancashire

Tony is the founder and Group Chief Executive of Lancashire-based Panaz Limited, where he has spearheaded the design and technical advancement of flame retardant fabrics for the worldwide hospitality, leisure, cruise ship and healthcare sectors. Formed in 1986, the company today exports to 46 countries, operating worldwide through subsidiary companies in Europe and the USA and a global network of agents.

Under Tony Attard’s direction, Panaz has been presented with two past Queen’s Awards, marking the company’s success in both Export Achievement and Enterprise. Tony is also National President of the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association (FTBA) and a member of the Manchester University Department of Textiles Industrial Advisory Group, and he is a former Chairman of the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Institute of Textiles and a Member of the Institute of Management, and has received an Outstanding Alumnus award from Manchester University, where he began his career by winning a Courtaulds Scholarship to read for a BSc in Design Management. Other accolades have come from the Design Council and the DTI in recognition of his contribution to the contract furnishing industry worldwide.

A Freeman of the City of London, Tony Attard sits on the Board of Creative Lancashire, NWTexnet and the General Assembly of Manchester University. He is currently the BCFA spokesman on design and export matters. Tony is a past IoD Lancashire Director of the Year and former Chair for IoD North West region. Tony was made an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2010 New Year’s honours.