Executive Committee

  • Rebekah Ellis

    Rebekah Ellis

    President

    Rebekah started her career as an interior designer 27 years ago with Goff Associates. Collectively she has had 17 years’ ex…

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  • Jonathan Young

    Jonathan Young

    VP/Administration

    Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 30 years experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved …

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  • Beverley Petzing

    Beverley Petzing

    Treasurer

    I worked within the contract carpet tile industry for over 23 years working for companies such as Interface and Desso. 8 year…

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  • Lynn Fisher

    Lynn Fisher

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Lynn has worked in the contract hospitality industry for over 30 years. She has moved from an Interior design director/proj…

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Board of Directors

  • Jonathan Young

    Jonathan Young

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 30 years experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved …

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  • Libby (Elizabeth) Bull

    Scholarship

  • Karolyn Kirsch

    Membership

  • Hannah Rogers

    Hannah Rogers

    Programming

    After graduating with a degree in Surface decoration I was lucky to land a job with CP Carpets as a junior carpet designer. …

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  • Kathryn Quinn

    Kathryn Quinn

    Marketing

Committee Chair

  • Diana Arakelian

    Diana Arakelian

    Farewell Ambassador

Rebekah Ellis

Rebekah Ellis

President

Rebekah started her career as an interior designer 27 years ago with Goff Associates. Collectively she has had 17 years’ experience in the hotel interior design and associated leisure industry working with several London architectural interior design practices. Since returning back to work, in 2006 after a career break raising her family in West Africa, she has built on her previous experience in several more areas of this industry. Firstly, while working for Charles Leon Associates she gained a good knowledge of the UK hotel industry in general through FF&E specifying and business development. Ara design gave her experience in FF&E administration, Benjamin West procurement and more recently FF&E Design for the Cruise Industry and High-end residential projects with Adfecto Design. Rebekah is the Membership Director/Vice president for NEWH-UK. She is your contact for NEWH membership.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

VP/Administration

Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 30 years experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved in sales, sales and marketing management, and senior director level positions at manufacturers providing product for the hotel and leisure sectors. His experience has been primarily with floorcovering and carpet, but he also has recent involvement with furniture.

As Chairman of the BCFA from 2011 until 2014, leading the Board of the trade association that supports the British Contract Furnishings Association, and currently as Vice President of the UK chapter of the NEWH, he has a good understanding of business within the hospitality and commercial markets.

His experiences have taken him across continents, working and living in the US and UK, and developing and executing growth strategies for businesses across international markets.

He is a creative thinker and believes in the importance of communication particularly when working with people from diverse cultures, and across all levels of a business. Jonathan is passionate about building the right environment to maximize teamwork and empower individuals to deliver against prescribed objectives and goals.

Jonathan’s leadership and management skills will help establish a clearly defined strategy for business and understand how it needs to be implemented for success. His contacts across the US and Europe can help navigate the transition process.

“A vision is a clearly articulated, results-orientated picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction”

Beverley Petzing

Beverley Petzing

Treasurer

I worked within the contract carpet tile industry for over 23 years working for companies such as Interface and Desso. 8 years ago I joined Dixon Turner Wall coverings entering the Hospitality sector selling contract wall coverings to interior designers and Hotel groups. From there I moved to Chelsom then Artemide lighting promoting lighting once again to the Interior and Hotel market. I have recently moved to Agua Fabrics promoting fabrics to the contact market within London. I have been a member of NEWH UK for 6 years and joined the board just over 3 years ago as Secretary.

Lynn Fisher

Lynn Fisher

Past President/Parliamentarian

Lynn has worked in the contract hospitality industry for over 30 years.
She has moved from an Interior design director/project manager into sales and business development within the fabric eliminate of our industry. Lynx is now Sales Director for Bute Fabrics – a British mill on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
Lynn had been involved with the U.K. Chapter for 11 years from Membership Director to President twice and member of the executive board

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Jonathan is a professional sales leader with over 30 years experience in the hospitality FF&E industry. He has been involved in sales, sales and marketing management, and senior director level positions at manufacturers providing product for the hotel and leisure sectors. His experience has been primarily with floorcovering and carpet, but he also has recent involvement with furniture.

As Chairman of the BCFA from 2011 until 2014, leading the Board of the trade association that supports the British Contract Furnishings Association, and currently as Vice President of the UK chapter of the NEWH, he has a good understanding of business within the hospitality and commercial markets.

His experiences have taken him across continents, working and living in the US and UK, and developing and executing growth strategies for businesses across international markets.

He is a creative thinker and believes in the importance of communication particularly when working with people from diverse cultures, and across all levels of a business. Jonathan is passionate about building the right environment to maximize teamwork and empower individuals to deliver against prescribed objectives and goals.

Jonathan’s leadership and management skills will help establish a clearly defined strategy for business and understand how it needs to be implemented for success. His contacts across the US and Europe can help navigate the transition process.

“A vision is a clearly articulated, results-orientated picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction”

Hannah Rogers

Hannah Rogers

Programming

After graduating with a degree in Surface decoration I was lucky to land a job with CP Carpets as a junior carpet designer. I have worked at various manufacturers over my 17 year career, always working in custom hospitality design. I work directly with specifiers taking design briefs and seeing projects through from their initial stages to final production.