The GC&DC has appointed a new Chairman for the next two years – Peter Crump is the MD of renowned UK jewellery design and manufacturing company, Vipa Designs.
Taking over from retiring Chairman Andy Putland, Peter is excited to commence his new role and put plans into place to develop the Council’s work and ambitions further, continuing its excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.
Speaking of his new appointment, Peter said: “Wow! What an honour to be Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. This is a fabulous industry, and to be asked to lead an organisation that consistently supports, promotes, rewards and celebrates the very best of creative design, fine craftsmanship and talent is a rare privilege indeed. I look forward to building on the great work done by past chairmen, leading the Council to even greater heights.”
The Council, whose members are drawn from the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, expressed its gratitude to Andy Putland, who remains as a Council member and Trustee, for his enthusiasm, vision and ambition over the past two years.
Peter’s appointment coincides with his celebration of 40 years’ since founding Vipa Designs, based in Melton Mowbray. Vipa manufactures, supports and offers valuable services to other jewellery businesses including both designer makers and retailers, and has been at the forefront of the ethical making movement for over 15 years.
Peter also gives his time to the trade by serving on the Education Committee of the National Association of Jewellers, as well as judging on the Birmingham Jewellery School Design for Industry Panel
As part of his appointment, Peter Crump asked fellow Council member and GC&DC Trustee Kathryn Bishop as his Vice Chair for the next two years. Kathryn, delighted to accept, has 14 years’ background working with the UK trade and is recognised for her work in business journalism for the jewellery and watch trades, and as a jewellery brand consultant. She is also Research & Insights Director for the Women’s Jewellery Network.