Our New Year social, which actually slipped into February this year (!), was held at the Aviva Digital Garage in Shoreditch. The main headline from the evening was that Richard Hurtley, one of the co-founders of Rise, stepped down as Chairman. Richard has been instrumental in the construction and growth of Rise. Many brands owe him a debt of gratitude. We are certainly very sorry to see him leave the fold, but he will remain involved with Rise. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him sincerely for all his hard work.
Richard is replaced as Chairman by Patrick Dudley-Williams, founder of UK menswear brand Reef Knots. You'll hear lots from him in the coming months regarding new events for Rise and building on the foundations that Richard and the committee have put down.