The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GC&DC) has appointed Peter Crump, the MD of UK jewellery design and manufacturing company Vipa Designs, as its new chairman for the next two years.
Taking over from retiring chairman Andy Putland, Crump said he is “excited” to commence his new role and put plans into place to develop the Council’s work and ambitions further.
Crump said: “What an honour [it is] to be chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft and 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 Putland, who remains as a council member and trustee, for his “enthusiasm, vision and ambition” over the past two years.
Crump’s appointment coincides with his celebration of 40 years’ since founding Vipa Designs, based in Melton Mowbray. Vipa manufactures, supports and offers services to other jewellery businesses including both designer makers and retailers, and has been involved with the ethical making movement for over 15 years.
As part of his appointment, Crump has asked fellow Council member and GC&DC Trustee Kathryn Bishop as his vice chair for the next two years.