I am truly honoured to be trusted with the task of being Director of the Student & Associate Committee for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). I have been working on the committee since 2008 and was asked to head the committee earlier this year. Our main task is to give the newer members of the Institute support by providing educational (CPD) and networking opportunities within the industry. For example, the event we organised with Margo Selby last month was a great opportunity for members to learn more about textiles and network together over a glass of bubbly in a beautiful studio. Now that I have been asked to be the Director of the committee, my task will be to represent the Student & Associate members on the board. I will be taking their thoughts, concerns and ideas to the board and our new President, Diana Yakeley. Our committee has already produced a survey to glean information about what these members need most form their committee and Institute, the results will be collected at the end of this month and passed onto the Board and any other relevant committees.
This is a really exciting time for the BIID. Our annual AGM last week showed a united and strong Institute, aiming for and working towards full professionalism in the industry. Educational, government and other construction and design industry professionals are taking notice of the BIID’s leadership and determination to forge a Professional Pathway for the incoming students & associates to the Institute. The Educational Committee has been working tirelessly over the last 2 years to research and formulate a plan and this Professional Pathway is to start its trial phase this Autumn.
The BIID is even getting noticed by outside industry organisations, on a national level. Recently, the BBC called the BIID to ask if Diana Yakeley could give an interview on the BBC News Channel about the collapse of furniture retailer, Habitat. Our expertise and professionalism as an industry, through the BIID, is getting recognised and it’s a very proud feeling to be able to be a part of it!
Here’s to a bright and beautiful future!