Podmore will lead the organisation into its next phase of strategic development and growth, the LWG said.

She is an industry supply chain and sustainability specialist, beginning her career at Clark’s and working for brands including Burberry, Coach and Jimmy Choo. She is also a non-executive board member of the British Footwear Association, where she helped create the first UK Footwear Sustainability Summit in 2023.

LWG Executive Committee Chair Thomas Gregor said: “This is a pivotal moment in the development of the LWG, we believe that Vanessa’s deep understanding of the sector combined with experience working with multi-stakeholder initiatives and her commitment to progressing responsible and sustainable practices makes her uniquely positioned to guide the organisation through its next stage of growth.”

Podmore added: “Supporting businesses as they tackle the multiple challenges to meeting their sustainability goals has been the thread that runs through my career. This is an important moment for me personally to take on the responsibility of leading the LWG – I am both honoured and delighted to be joining the team.”