Chairmen

The Blackburn and District Cotton Employers Association held its first Annual General Meeting in 1851 and rules of the Association were adopted in 1853. The first Chairman of the Association was William Coddington . He was the son of a Manchester cotton merchant and moved to Blackburn in 1842. He later became an MP and owned Ordnance Mill, a spinning and weaving mill in Blackburn. He was Chairman from 1860 – 1883.

The Chairmen who succeeded Mr Coddington are as follows :

William Taylor 1884 – 1893
Henry Higson 1894 – 1908
Adam Dugdale 1909
Richard Greenwood 1910 – 1917
Ephraim Hindle 1918
James Smith 1919 – 1924
Ernest Hamer 1925 – 1940
Frank Longworth 1941 – 1946
John Greenwood 1947 – 1953
John Troop 1954 – 1959
Richard Birtwistle 1960 – 1972
Norman Cooper 1973 – 1975
Harry Whittaker 1976 – 1986
Brian Bannister 1986 – 1994
Frederick Tattersall 1994 – 1996
Stephen Thornber 1996 – 1998

With effect from the 1st January 1998 the Association changed its name to Lancashire Textile Manufacturers’ Association following a transfer of engagements of the North East Lancashire Textile Manufacturers’ Association to the Blackburn Association.

The Chairmen who succeeded Mr Thornber are as follows :

Peter Brierley 1998 – 2000
John Reed 2000 – 2002
Richard Blackburn 2002 – 2004
David Collinge 2004 – 2006
Lance Mitchell 2006 – 2008
Mark Thornber 2008 – 2010
Jonathan Pope 2010 – 2014
Duncan Weisters 2014 – 2016
Andrew Gill 2016 to present