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Martin Lupton resigns as PLDA president

12 July 2010 11.30 BST

(UK) - Martin Lupton has cut short his term as PLDA (Professional Lighting Designers Association) president. Sharon Stammers, the UK coordinator for the PLDA and business partner of Lupton at newly established consultancy Light Collective, has also resigned.

Lupton resigned half way through his presidential term, which was scheduled to end in April 2011, but an official announcement has yet to be made. The news came to light following rumours within the industry quickly followed by a flourish of activity on Twitter. It is assumed Dr. Georgios Paissidis, the president elect, who was due to take over the role in 2011, has taken over the presidency with immediate effect.
According to a PLDA statement, “The PLDA Council regret but respect Dr. Lupton’s wish to focus on his own business plans, and trust that he will continue to promote and support PLDA in the UK and elsewhere, he will also continue to support PLDA in the discussion with CELMA, for example.”

It is understood work commitments was one of the reasons why Lupton felt it necessary to resign. He co-founded Light Collective, a ‘next generation lighting consultancy’, with Sharon Stammers - also in May.
Lupton started his career in lighting as a researcher at the Liverpool School of Architecture and Environmental Engineering before progressing into architectural lighting design. He became design director of Pinniger and Partners before becoming the director of lighting in multi-disciple design practice BDP.

Stammers was UK coordinator for the PLDA for three years having been Associate Lighting Designer at Phoenix Large/Lightmatters.
“We would like to thank Sharon Stammers for her input and efforts to promote the association and the profession in and outside the UK,” the PLDA stated. “Thanks to Sharon, membership in the UK increased to 118 and PLDA has become a serious player in the UK lighting industry and existing networks.”

Sharon will be succeeded as UK Regional Coordinator by Sarah Adams. A New Zealander by birth, Adams’ career has include time at Philips Australia and New Zealand, Philips Luminaires Asia Pacific in Singapore, Philips Lighting Solutions in London/UK, and BDP in London where she worked as a lighting designer.

Alison Ritter, Founding Member and Director General of PLDA will also be stepping down in September in order to dedicate more time to educational activities. Her intention is to investigate and create realistic and effective courses and programmes in the field of Continuing Professional Development. She will be replaced by Wim Aalders, who is well known to lighting designers around the world as Export Manager at We-ef.


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