Chair of the Board of Directors

Tony Attard OBE

In December 2015, Tony Attard OBE was appointed chair of the Board of Directors to Marketing 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 Queen’s Awards for International Trade and Innovation, marking the company’s success in both export achievement and enterprise. However, Tony’s activities and interests extend far beyond his Burnley boardroom. He is currently National President of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers charity, a member of the Guilds Court and Manchester University Department of Material Science Industrial Advisory Group as well as Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Enterprise Advisory Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors, an Associate of The Textile Institute and a member of the Institute of Management. He 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, the British Contract Furnishings Association and the General Assembly of Manchester University. 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 and held the position of High Sheriff of Lancashire in 2018.