KLC Connect Webinar: 'Time for Change' Panel Discussion 1

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This is a first in a series of three ‘Question Time’ Webinars reflecting on the challenges ahead as we re-enter the workplace after the last turbulent few months.

KLC Connect Webinar - Time for Change 1

“How will interior designers respond to the need for change in the post lockdown downturn?” - 17th September, 18.00 (BST)

The panel will reflect on the challenges faced by design practices with reduced need for office spaces, a shift to online shopping and the knock on effect on the retail and hospitality industries. They will also consider the opportunities presented by home office working, smaller office hubs, access to wider markets and the churn in the property market as city workers re-locate.  Discussion will also focus on considerations for educators and potential changes in career opportunities for designers

Chaired by Lester Bennett new President of BIID, with Susie Rumbold of Tessuto, Rob Goulder Thirdway Interiors, Geeta Dhar KLC Head of Careers and Simon Hamilton (United in Design, Career Consultant and designer).


Meet the panel

Lester Bennett

Lester Bennett originally set up in private practice covering residential, residential developments, commercial and retail design for private clients and major national and international companies.  As Design Director of West City Developments, he had overall responsibility for the design and quality of the company’s many prestigious developments.  Later he joined KSR Architects and set up a sister company Folio Design LLP specialising in high end private residential developments in the UK, Europe and Russia.  Since 2015 he has run a consultancy for long term clients and was recently elected President of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design)

Geeta Dhar

Geet Dhar is Head of KLC’s widely praised Careers Service achieving exceptionally high employment statistics for KLC graduates every year.  With a background in Architecture she has had extensive experience in interior design recruitment and gives career advice and facilitates placements for current students and past graduates as well as engaging with industry employers.   Nothing gives her more satisfaction than matching the right job to the right graduate. Through the regular studio visits and networking she undertakes, combined with analysis and reporting on employment trends, she is also particularly well informed on the state of the design industry.   

Rob Goulder

Rob Goulder is Managing Director of Thirdway Interiors.  The company has grown dramatically since he joined in 2014 and now employs 160 staff which, in addition to design and build, covers real estate, architecture, traditional procurement and property technology.  Rob is passionate about creating user-centric spaces that drive positive change in the workplace.  As leaders of hybrid working, Thirdway are currently helping business return to the workplace after lockdown due to the pandemic, ensuring that the workplace is fit for now, fit for tomorrow and fit for the future

Simon Hamilton

Simon has had extensive experience with leading architecture and design practices in London working on residential and commercial projects and has consulted on the production of projects across a variety of creative disciplines.  As International Director of the BIID he represented interior designers globally and is now actively involved through Design Dialogue and United in Design in improving diversity and inclusivity in the design industry.  He is a keen supporter of design education and recently set up his own Career Consultancy.

Susie Rumbold

Susie Rumbold is the founder and Creative Director of Tessuto Interiors and has been producing original design solutions for her commercial and private clients for 25 years.  As President of the BIID she worked to expand public awareness of interior design as a profession and to champion its importance in the modern built environment.  A long-time supporter of design education and emerging graduates she lectures regularly, serves on judging panels and is frequently called on by the trade press for expert comment on current design issues