The Executive Board is the heart of SBID annual strategy; the principle decision makers of the organisation, responsible for working towards title recognition for the interior design industry, reviewing accreditation policies and steering the professional direction of the body for its members.
The Executive Board is committed to creating a unified approach through each step step in the career from a student to the business decisions, of practitioners. Consulting with senior leaders and professions that influence and interface with designers we combine research not only from the broader industry, but also from members and the wider public. The decisions made by the Executive Board include the impact design decisions within the industry create on the built environment and industry stakeholders for the protection of consumers.
Founded with Trustees and a clunky governance system in 2009 it quickly became apparent that for a forward-facing body, the systems restricted speedy decision making and action. The Board unanimously agreed to amend processes, retaining membership rights but providing the nimbleness required to make swift, measured and well-advised decisions to protect and build on the prosperity of SBID.
In 2013 an independent secretariat was created. The Executive Board was launched, led by leading professionals in law, finance and industry. Collectively the members advise on the day to day issues of running a professional body and and protect the wider public through standards set by our innovative and pioneering strategies. It represents the wider effects and impact both good as well as bad design has on communities, countries, business and individuals well-being.
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. She won the Woman in the City Award for the Built Environment in 2013 and achieved the first Diploma for completion of Corporate Governance from the Institute of Directors in 2002.
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).
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.
Frazer is a consultant – Specializing in Place focused Social Cohesion, DDR, Memorialization, Architectural Conservation, Housing Land and Property (HLP) issues. He has worked with UN Agencies in Iraq, assessing and reporting the challenges faced by displaced communities expected to return home after Iraq’s civil war and searching for everyday sites of violence and conflict in Mosul 2017-2019. He has worked in Africa, South America, South East Asia on projects that vary from the assimilation of Orang Suku Laut in Indonesia to supporting teams developing methods of adaption and resilience to flooding risk in vulnerable communities around Mexico City.
Frazer is also a visiting lecturer at Norges Kreative Høyskole Norway, giving annual building-reuse workshops, lectures and tutorials, and a member of Scottish Parliament: CROSS PARTY GROUP on ARCHITECTURE and the BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
Prior to his work in the humanitarian sector, Frazer Was the founding Director of Glasgow School of Art in Singapore.
Pauline is the CEO of Reconstructing Minds, a management consultancy and training company. Pauline has over 22 years’ experience in commercial training and academic qualifications. Pauline has held several leadership positions in the Construction industry and is pivotal in driving educational standards in both the public and private sectors through competency frameworks and digital learning. Pauline was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education in recognition of her achievements in education from Southampton Solent University.
Basit is an ACCA (Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants) and received a MBA in Financial Management and BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting.
An admired leader of a design genre holds a one year honorary title of SBID President
Members may propose a leader of a design genre to hold the title, of Honorary SBID President. The vote will be polled at the Members Annual General Meeting.
Each SBID President is an independent trailblazer, championing industry improvement and design excellence. A President has the skillset and tenacity to further the vision of SBID in setting and raising standards of the profession of interior design.
Each term is supported by the immediate Past President for continuity. The President Elect supports the President in office.
SBID Vice President
Tom defines interdisciplinary design with a degree in graphic, industrial, and interior design. He applies this philosophy to his studio practice and consultancy of over three decades, marquardt+, designing corporate/commercial interiors and high end showrooms. Tom has also been a Design Principal for HDR and Vice President, Director of Interiors for HOK.
Chris is an award-winning Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Architect with
over 22 years experience creating highly considered and finely crafted interiors for the residences of the most discerning clients. Chris cultivated his holistic design approach; combining Architecture and Interior Design to
create beautifully conceived and exquisitely delivered residences for clients who appreciate the
value of design excellence.
Ensuring creativity with a commercial edge
The Executive Advisory Board comprises of experts; each a leader in their field of expertise. Their experience covers all areas of business, ensuring we remain at the fore of an increasingly global business environment.
Chief Fire Inspector, Westminster Council
Lawyer /Architect/ Chairman of Planning
Senior Vice President, Unilever Prestige
Twice-past President of RIBA
David has been a Fire Safety Inspector with London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) for almost 30 years. He has represented the Fire Authority at the British Standards Institute (BSI).
Eva is the Chairman of the Planning and Environment Committee of the London Borough of Barnet. She is also assistant Cabinet member of Housing and was also a former Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet.
Vasso has over 25 years of diverse international experience managing complex networks of global brands and teams covering multiple regions. She also has broad experience in innovation and big idea/brand development.
The only architect to ever have been twice elected to be the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Owen is also a former Chairman of the Architects Registration Board.
Niall became a director of the Board of SBID in 2010 when he was Chief Operating Officer of BRE Group creating the first link with an interior design body due to his significant operational experience in retail management. BRE has since become a charity and Niall is a freelance global consultant. In his previous role at M&S he was involved in developing the company’s approach to sustainable retailing in the built environment.
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.
IIDA, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. RIBA, Assoc. ASID Regional Managing Principal
Law - Specialism IP & The Arts
SBID National Press
Founder of David Chang Design Associates International Ltd
Writer and Editor
Financial Executive at EU Commission
Operations Director, British Vispring
Marketing Manager Camira Fabrics
Marketing Manager, Karndean Design Flooring
Ken is currently serving on Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee. As a Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region and past Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s U.K., EMEA and Gulf Regions, Ken is considered a global expert on workplace design and planning, particularly for law firms.
Suzi, a litigator at Mishcon de Reya LLP, advises a wide variety of clients across a range of industries on reputational, intellectual property, contentious trust and general commercial issues. Prior to her legal career, Suzi worked for the international luxury concierge service, Quintessentially and as a football agent licensed by the English FA.
Helen is a journalist and author who writes about design and decoration for the luxury sector, including the FT’s award-winning ‘How To Spend It’ magazine. She also runs her own art consultancy service, London Connoisseur.
David Chang, founder of David Chang Design Associates International Ltd, registered professional members of NCIDQ, SBID, ASID, IIDA, has over 25 years of experience in hospitality and residential interior design and management in both North America and Asia Pacific.
The editor of eSociety, SBID’s quarterly member’s magazine, Eleanor is keen to spread the word that design can have a positive impact on everyone’s lives. With a background in journalism, she edits books and magazines, and writes about contemporary creativity and design heritage.
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.
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.
As one of Camira’s environmental ambassadors, Ian has helped the company gain numerous environmental awards, including a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.
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.
Supporting our members at a local level
SBID promotes industry standards and the value of training to professional interior designers at all levels. Our ten regional offices in the UK and our international office in Ukraine each have a regional director that understands the local culture, threats and opportunities of their region. They represent SBID locally across the UK & internationally to act as your local point of contact for networking with interior design professionals.
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The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) was founded in 2009 to create professional trading standards of interior designers to protect the wider public.
On behalf of its members, the SBID has protected, promoted and celebrated the interior design profession.
Collectively we have the experience, ability and tenacity to create a valued industry voice locally, nationally and around the world.
Find out more about our flexible membership structure.
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