Julia Carrick has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in the 2014 New Years Honours List for services to the British luxury industry.
Carrick was CEO of non-profit organisation Walpole British Luxury for 13 years until September 2013 and is currently its global ambassador. Walpole represents over 175 British luxury brands including Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen.
Her notable work includes founding The Financial Times‘ ‘How to Spend it‘ magazine and lobbying for the British luxury industry. She co-founded the UK Chinese Visa Alliance, to make it easier for Chinese visitors to travel to the UK, and she represents the interests of the British luxury industry on EU consultations on competitiveness, innovation and e-commerce.
She said: “I am honoured to be appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to British luxury. I am passionate about this vibrant luxury industry, which is crucial for our economy and job creation, and it is an honour in itself to work so closely with highly skilled cultural and creative entrepreneurs.”
The UK luxury industry is forecast to almost double in size over the next five years from £6.6bn in 2012 to £12.2bn in 2017.