Jim Gerety, MD of Vispring, has been elected to the National Bed Federation (NBF) executive board as a director.

Jim, who has been an active member of the NBF since 2012 and previously sat on the marketing committee, says: “I am delighted to be joining the executive board and I am hoping to bring a more export-focused view to the NBF as well as fully supporting the entire UK-based bedmaking business in becoming more professional and profitable.”

Jim has been at the helm of Vispring for three years, and reports to the Flex Group, the company's Madrid-based owner, for all aspects of the business worldwide – the UK represents 55% of ithe group's sales, and exports 45% of its output.

Previously, Jim worked for four years as the company's UK sales director.

Prior to joining Vispring, Jim was merchandising director at House of Fraser, firstly in womenswear and lingerie before moving into homewares and furniture.