Expert Panel

Providing specialist skills and knowledge for growth

Our experts have solid industry knowledge and experience in a wide range of commercial and creative areas. Their guidance helps us to operate at the highest levels across the broad spectrum of interior design.

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE
SBID President

An internationally recognised, award-winning interior designer and business consultant to global companies. In 2014, Vanessa was awarded an OBE for services to interior design and the UK economy.

Niall Trafford
Chief Operating Officer at BRE Group

Niall has significant operational experience in retail and management. In his previous role at Marks & Spencer, he was involved in developing the company’s approach to sustainable retailing in the built environment.

Richard Moss
Journalist and founder of the KBB Awards

Richard has worked in training and communications for major industry brands for over 30 years. In 1994 he founded the Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Awards, now the leading awards for the KBB sector.

Kaye Newman
Course Leader, London Metropolitan Uni.

As an academic, Kaye examines how diverse communities work and live together as well as issues surrounding life balance and the family unit. Kaye is a member of SBID’s Education Panel and contributes to eSociety, SBID’s magazine.

David Doyle
Chief Fire Inspector, Westminster Council

David is a Fire Safety Inspector with London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA). He regularly represents the Fire Authority at the British Standards Institute (BSI) and advises on safety and crowd control for outside events.

Alex Brownless
Co-Founder & Director of Arts Thread

Alex has worked for retailers such as M&S, Banana Republic and Gap. As Co-Founder of Arts Thread, the world’s only creative graduate network, Alex has helped hundreds of creative graduates gain employment worldwide.

Trevor Kruse
Interior Designer, Hudson Kruse Design

Toronto-based interior designer Trevor has served on the boards ARIDO and IDC for the last 20 years and has been an NCIDQ Delegate for 8 years. Trevor was the first citizen of Canada to receive the USA Leadership Award from the IIDA.

Eva Greenspan
Lawyer /Architect/ Chairman of Planning

A solicitor specialising in real estate and former Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet, Eva is the Chairman of the Planning and Environment Committee of the London Borough of Barnet and Assistant Cabinet member of Housing.

Andrew Rolfe
Lawyer Real Estate/Finance

Newly retired, Andrew was a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP specialising in major infrastructure projects and property development work. A lawyer since 1988, his expertise is grounded in Private Finance Initiative and Public-Private Partnerships (PFI/PPP).

Omar El Faramawi
Asset Finance Manager AIB Bank

Omar is a finance professional with experience at Banks & Finance Houses including Barclays, Lombard & AIB. A well connected SME funder, Omar is a Senior Consultant for the LDF Group growing the London division.

Howard Fuller
Water Saving Consultant, Hansgrohe

In 2008, Howard was instrumental in developing an eco range of bathroom products for Grohe. He has worked closely with environmental groups attached to DEFRA to develop water policy for new build developments.

Frazer McDonald Hay
Founding Director, Glasgow School of Art, Singapore

Frazer owns a consultancy business and has written and lead postgraduate and graduate programmes in building reuse and architecture. He developed the first of its kind, a GSA partnership in Singapore.

Alex Stock
Marketing Manager, Karndean Design Flooring

In his role at Karndean, Alex works closely with the Commercial Sales Director and spends his time with customers and collaborates with industry partners to promote good design and the use of new materials.

Chris Harrison
Operations Director, British Vispring

With 30 years at Vispring, Chris has been at the forefront of the company’s move to use 100 per cent Platinum Certificated British fleece wool throughout the collection.

Ian Burn
Marketing Manager Camira Fabrics

As one of Camira’s environmental ambassadors, Ian has helped the company gain numerous environmental awards, including a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

Simon Fleet
Sales & Marketing Director, Thomas Dudley Ltd

A dynamic and commercially driven sales & marketing director, Simon has overall responsibility for developing sales for the Dudley range of time and water saving bathroom solutions and bespoke construction industry castings.

Craig Anders
Architect, Dip Arch (Dist), RIBA

Craig has been involved exclusively in the design and delivery of highly sustainable, affordable, contemporary buildings for many years. Many of his projects have won awards for design, sustainability and community consultation.

Giuseppe Paolett
Financial Executive at EU Commission

Giuseppe focuses on sustainable architecture and interior design, building commercial links between the UK and Italy. He has helped to promote a number of international expositions including the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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