As part of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at RIBA’s HQ, London on Thursday 19th June, the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) revealed that past BIID President and Principal of the KLC School of Design, Jenny Gibbs, is the worthy recipient of its prestigious Merit Award.
Each year the members of the BIID nominate a fellow member they believe has particularly contributed to the development of the Institute and its aims and objectives, and achieved excellence in design practice or in the wider field of design education.
Jenny was honoured for her on-going commitment to improving interior design education and practice and her longstanding dedication and leadership of the Institute at a critical period in its history. She was President of the British Institute of Interior Design from 2010 to 2011 and was instrumental in developing the BIID’s ground-breaking Professional Pathway programme and continues to serve on the Institute’s Education Committee.
Sue Timney, President of the BIID commented:
“We are delighted to honour Jenny with our Merit Award this year. For over 30 years Jenny has been a wonderful ambassador for the interior design industry and through her work the KLC School of Design, she has been a huge advocate for the importance of education and continued professional development. I am honoured to present her with this well-deserved award.”
Commenting on her award, Jenny said:
‘None of this would have been possible without the support of the fantastic team at KLC and the exceptional colleagues I worked with at the BIID. This award is not only an honour but it means a great deal to be valued in this way by the Institute.”
Also as part of the AGM, Caroline Palk, Director of Devon-based, Ashton House Interior Design, was awarded the BIID CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Award for her achievement in earning the most points out of all BIID members in the calendar year, accumulating 127 CPD points.
Truly committed to continuous professional development, Caroline won this award two years ago. In 1993 Caroline was invited to join The Western Morning News as their interior design columnist/expert and has fulfilled this role for some twenty years. Caroline writes extensively on interiors, with 38 articles written this year alone. In addition to attending design seminars and events, Caroline is a respected mentor.
The AGM provided BIID members with the chance to learn about the institute’s progress over the past twelve months; and join in conversation with the committee about the future plans for the Institute.
The AGM also marked the end of Sue Timney’s tenure as President of the Institute, a position she has held for the past two years. BIID Council member and current CPD Director, Daniel Hopwood has now been elected as President for the year 2014/15.