Executive Board

Creating a long-term vision for SBID

The Executive Board is the heart of SBID; the principle decision makers of the organisation, who are responsible for working towards title recognition for the interior design industry, change accreditation policies and steering direction for The Society of British & International Design.

The Executive Board is committed to creating a unified approach to business decisions, listening to senior leaders and heads of department who provide feedback not only from internal discussions but also from SBID members. All decisions made by the Executive Board are based feedback as well as the latest research from the industry, stakeholders and consumers.

Powers and functions

  • Evolve and coordinate short-term and longer-term accreditation policies to lobby at the House of Commons;
  • Provide supervision and direction of SBID management;
  • Review, modify as necessary and approve programmes, management plan budgets, projects and activities submitted to it by SBID Management;
  • Review the administration and execution of approved programmes, projects and activities of SBID;
Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

Vanessa is the Founder of SBID, she is an independent, internationally recognised award-winning interior designer. She regularly speaks on business development and finance overseas on behalf of the UK government for the creative industries. Vanessa received an OBE from the Queen, recommended by the Prime Ministers office for services to Interior Design and the UK Economy. She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Design in recognition of her achievements to the profession and education of interior design from Southampton Solent University.

Andrew Rolfe

Andrew has been a lawyer since 1988 and has been a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP throughout the majority of his working life. Specialising in major infrastructure projects and property development work, his expertise is grounded in Private Finance Initiative and Public-Private Partnerships (PFI/PPP).

Basit Roy

Basit is an ACCA (Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants) and received a MBA in Financial Management and BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting.

Mark Engelman
Intellectual Property

Mark Engelman is a barrister who has acted for entities such as Apple Inc, Alexander McQueen, Asos, Super Dry and Harvard University in their intellectual disputes before all courts. He holds academic positions at St. Edmunds Cambridge and Notre Dame Universities and is also a Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn. Mark acts as Standing Counsel for SBID .

Lavinia Engleman

Lavinia is Manager of the SBID International Design Awards. She has been responsible for the strategic development and successful delivery of the Awards program and affiliated events from 2011. She has a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.

Gerald Bowey

Gerald Bowey is the Chief Executive Officer of International Building Press with over 40 years’ experience in business-to-business marketing communications and brand awareness for sectors such as industrial relations, insurance and instrumentation to architecture, property and the built environment.

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