Adrianne LeMan is the new president-elect of the Chartered Society of Designers, narrowly beating ex-CSD Scotland chair Lin Gibbon in a ballot of members.
LeMan received 311 votes to Gibbon’s 278, it was revealed at last week’s CSD annual general meeting. She will serve for two years, working closely with new president Nick Jenkins, before taking over as president for two years.
CSD director Brian Lymbery predicts that the next few years will see the appointment of an education director, a post which Gibbon had pledged to push for. LeMan, founder of consultancy C&FD, remains wary.
“I’m concerned about the financial implications. I would be very enthusiastic about this post but feel we should go for sponsorship rather than pay out of our own funds,” she says.
LeMan promises to “do everything possible to raise awareness of how essential design is to industry” during her tenure.
The society’s new honorary treasurer is Robert Searles, managing director of Associated Design Consultants. He replaces LeMan. Alan Topalian of Alto Design Management is the new honorary secretary, having won a ballot against Giant director Mark Rollinson.
The five new members of the CSD council are: BBC corporate head of design Tony Key; Lesley Morris of Middlesex University’s faculty of art, design and performing arts; Chris Ramsden, director of Clinical Engineering and Design Systems; Christopher Hamilton-Emery, design and product manager at Cambridge University Press and Helen Coyle of Flightlines.