BIID names new President

Charles Leon takes over from Susie Rumbold

The British Institute of Interior Design has named Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architectural Interior Design, as its new President.

Charles Leon

The well-respected BIID Council Member joined the organisation in 2013 when it merged with the Interior Design Association (of which he was Chairman); he’ll be inaugurated at Thursday’s AGM, taking the mantle from Susie Rumbold.

Leon started out as a set designer for the National Theatre and the English National Opera before going on to work on film projects for Working Title and Golan Globus. He’s also an Associate of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), a guest lecturer at Middlesex University, and currently heads up the BIID’s Professional Practice Committee.

His eponymous agency launched in 1994, specialising in hospitality and resi design, and went on to join forces with Nicholas Black in 2014.

Charles Leon: “I feel privileged to be chosen as the next President of the BIID following such a successful year led by Susie Rumbold.

“As BIID President, I will ensure our members are supported as a community of designers, in developing their professional skills and encouraged in their creativity. I am looking forward to the year ahead and will continue to work closely with the BIID council in raising the profile of the Institute’s work with interior design professionals.”