The Australian Gift & Homewares Association (AGHA) has elected Nigel Kirby as the new president of its committee.

Kirby is the owner and operator of Science and Nature, a manufacturer and distributor of children’s toys and souvenir products. He is a former President of the Glenferrie Road Traders Association, and was a long-time committee member and President of the Independent Toy Specialists of Australia.

“As President of the AGHA, my primary objective will be to continue strengthening the organisation's connection with all our members,” Kirby said.

“Changing times present challenges but also opportunities, and AGHA has a responsibility to ensure that we are leading the curve in trade fairs, service provision and member representation.”

The announcement follows the resignation of David Pursley, director of greeting cards and stationery business Waterlyn. An AGHA Committee member since 2002, Pursley had been president since 2009.  The new appointment also follows the announcement in August of a rebrand for the organization.

AGHA CEO David Leek welcomed Kirby’s appointment, saying that the timing is perfect for Kirby to take the reins.

“Nigel has a very strong background in the sector, and understands the needs and concerns of our membership to continue AGHA’s new strategic approach, that was so successfully put into place under David Pursley’s watch.”