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

    Libby (Elizabeth) Bull

    Scholarship

    Libby studied Interior Architecture & Design at Middlesex University in London and began her career designing retail outlets …

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  • Karolyn Kirsch

    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

    Coming from an interior architecture background, and having grown up in a family-run construction company, Kathryn was destin…

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Committee Chair

  • Diana Arakelian

    Diana Arakelian

    Farewell Ambassador

  • Kelly Hopper

    Kelly Hopper

    Chair/Regional Tradeshow

  • Luke Spink

    Luke Spink

    Hospitality

  • Sarah Williams

    Sarah Williams

    Student Representative

    Sarah’s interior design experience began in Bali, Indonesia where she designed luxury villas with Gfab Architects. Her pas…

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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”

Libby (Elizabeth) Bull

Libby (Elizabeth) Bull

Scholarship

Libby studied Interior Architecture & Design at Middlesex University in London and began her career designing retail outlets and spas for up-market cosmetics company Molton Brown. Since then she has gained considerable experience across a broad range of commercial interiors; from cosmetic and car showrooms to libraries, education centres and restaurants.

For the last 9 years, Libby has specialized in Hospitality, designing a series of luxury hotels and resorts for both individual owners and some of the world’s leading Operators. Now a Senior Designer Project Manager at G.A Design, based in the London Office, but working internationally across all 4 offices she is responsible for overseeing 1-2 projects at a time and each project from the initial design proposal through to final on-site completion. In her spare time she enjoys going to cinema, exploring markets and takes every opportunity to travel.

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.

Kathryn Quinn

Kathryn Quinn

Marketing

Coming from an interior architecture background, and having grown up in a family-run construction company, Kathryn was destined for a career in Design and the built environment. After a degree in Interior Architecture at Leeds College of Art & Design, Kathryn initially working for an Interior Architectural firm in Belfast (Soon Interiors), where she was involved in a variety of commercial design projects including bar, restaurant, retail and office spaces across the globe. The benefits of working in a relatively small company allowed Kathryn to lead the interior and spatial design of projects from concept through to site completion and gain a wide variety of experience.

She stepped into the niche world of carpet design at Ulster Carpets in 2011 and soon moved the London office to become a direct client-facing link between the sales team, the production team and many of the UKs top A&D firms and hoteliers. Immediately immersing herself in the design and hospitality industry, Kathryn originally joined the NEWH board as Hospitality Chair. This (and her ability to talk to absolutely anyone!!), has enabled her to build a large contact base of inspiring people across every aspect of the industry, as well as encouraging her to get involved in the UK Chapter’s marketing and events.

When she is not designing carpet, or freelancing interior/CAD work, she can usually be found uploading Instagrams of her latest escapades and planning her next adventure.
“I never stop wondering, I never stop wandering” – Toploade

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Student Representative

Sarah’s interior design experience began in Bali, Indonesia where she designed luxury villas with Gfab Architects. Her passion for travelling the world for work and leisure has reinforced a sense that Interior Design should create a sense of place and both reflect and enhance the environment to which it belongs.
With a meticulous eye for detail, Sarah is highly motivated by the end goal of seeing projects come to life. Sarah prides herself in her technical knowledge and her understanding of construction processes and materiality. She has worked on a range of projects from high-end residential, to commercial and hospitality.
Sarah’s prior experience in the hospitality sector in high-end event planning and in luxury chalet management gives her a unique insight into the logistics of hospitality design, and she has a particular interest in restaurant and bar design.
Her experience includes concept design, space planning, CAD drawing, 3D modelling, presenting, FF&E selection, hardware specification, bespoke furniture and lighting design, including mock-up supervision, project management, on-site coordination and installation.
Sarah has joined the UK board as our student representative and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the students.