In line with the CHA-UK’s policy for member representation on the CHA-UK Board of Directors, we are delighted to welcome three new members onto the CHA-UK board.
Diane Pinchbeck, Paul Giddens and Stuart Caller were approved by the CHA-UK nominating committee, endorsed by the board and also by the membership at the CHA-UK AGM in February.
Going forward into 2015, Tony Sheridan, MD at Craft Retail was appointed to the position of board chair, supported by Derek Bamford, MD at Grafton Projects who is continuing in his role as vice chair. Sara Davies, Owner of Crafter’s Companion has accepted the position of Secretary.
In joining the CHA-UK board Diane Pinchbeck, owner at Diane Rooney Designs, is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the board as she has been a passionate crafter since childhood and recently turned a much loved hobby into a business.
“Serving on the board will give me the opportunity to represent others who have done the same or are thinking about setting up their own craft business. Running a small or micro craft business has its own set of unique issues and problems. The CHA-UK is there to help and educate business owners so their businesses can thrive and grow. It is important that we let these business owners know that the CHA-UK not only exists but that we can offer much needed support, business advice and all important social networking”
Paul Giddens, owner of Premium Arts Brands Ltd, has an absolute passion for the UK creative market and believes that the next few years will be very exciting in terms of significant growth, innovation and opportunities.
“I have been involved in the Art & Craft market for over 30 years and have gained a high level of business experience and a wide knowledge of products/manufacturers. Through CHA-UK and the support of strong likeminded members, there is a real opportunity to galvanise re-sellers to become more aware of business, consumer and market needs. I am keen to share my experience with our CHA-UK members, assist in developing their business and at the same time, develop our membership through stronger links with art and creative crafts.”
Stuart Caller, General Manager at Korbond Industries has worked in the craft and haberdashery business for the last 10 years and has built a considerable amount of knowledge across the whole supply chain and market sector during this time.
“I believe the CHA-UK is establishing itself as the cornerstone and respected voice within the vibrant, vast and diverse UK Craft and Hobby industry and can continue to deliver value and stimulate growth by providing the environment and stimulus to connect people within the industry. By encouraging engagement across all sectors the CHA-UK can facilitate industry connections to ensure we have successful innovations from designers, great brands and products from suppliers, profitable and knowledgeable retailers servicing the millions of UK crafters and hobbyists and great publishers shouting about our exciting industry.
We must continue to promote the benefits and deliver true value to our members and the industry and I believe that collectively, with our members and the board of directors, that the CHA-UK has the experience, passion and tools to continue to stimulate growth within our industry.”
The Board would like to thank Colin Poole and Chris Crombie who have now retired from the CHA-UK board of directors and who contributed an enormous amount of effort and support during their time serving on the Board.