Following the recent Annual General Meeting of The British Display Society, I am pleased to announce that I was elected as the new Chairman of the Society. This is a great honour for me and I am proud to represent The British Display Society and ensure Visual Merchandising remains a recognised profession and that VM does not become a dying art, despite the current economic climate.
I have worked in the VM industry for over 20 years working at stores such as Harrods, Selfridges and Tangs in Singapore. I have had the opportunity to work on projects in New York, Shanghai, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Switzerland. I now run Creative Download Visual Merchandising Consultancy. (www.creative-download.co.uk)
Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising, Design & Display. Over the years the Society has constantly maintained its professional standing and adapted to changing times within both education and the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.
Former BDS students work throughout the U.K. and indeed throughout the world are now VM Managers, College Lecturers and Consultants. Although we are based in the UK, our members are worldwide!
Members are backed by the Society’s ‘Pathway to Professional Recognition’ through which affixes are awarded to members whose work and achievements. I am proud to say that I am a Fellow of The British Display Society and have the affix “FBDS” after my name.
Here’s a selection of photographs. These include archive photo’s, students work and the BDS team.
Our website will shortly be revamped but do take a look at the website (www.britishdisplaysociety.co.uk) and learn more about the BDS, our courses, membership and benefits.
I look forward to welcoming you on board, so whether your expertise is fashion or non-fashion, let’s Visual Merchandising a great industry again!
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