SBID appoints new president

By Elspeth Pridham
November 12, 2020

The Society of British & International Design (SBID) has appointed Chris Godfrey, global principal of HBA Residential, as the new acting President of SBID.

His role is to represent the British interior design body and promote the professional practice of interior design throughout the UK and around the world.

Chris was awarded the Master of Design award, at the SBID International Design Awards 2019, for significant contributions to the global interior design industry. He took over from past president Tom Marquardt on 2 November 2020, for the upcoming 12-month term.

Sharing his aspirations for the new position, Chris said, “It is my great honour to be appointed as the President of SBID and to represent the interior design body and its membership on the global stage. I am inspired to take up the role during this particular period of time; where change is a constant, connectivity a challenge; and where proaction and vision are paramount. Throughout my career, and particularly in my role with HBA Residential, I have benefitted from working internationally and, as a result, have developed an open and global outlook.”

He added, “In this new SBID role, I want to use my experiences and lessons learnt working in both the Far East and the West and leverage off a developed network to help improve connectivity; expand awareness; and promote inclusive, cross-border engagement. With new global dynamics comes lots of new opportunities and growth potential. Through my endeavors, I would also hope to help inspire the next generation of interior designers who, despite the short-term challenges and uncertainty faced, will continue to take the industry further and wider.”