New BADA President - Lord Evans of Temple Guiting

Posted: 2012-12-11 10:18:53 - Last updated: 2012-12-11 10:29:40

From January 2013 the British Antique Dealers’ Association is to have a new president. Having served for seven years Baroness Rawlings will step down to make way for former publisher and former Shadow Arts Minister, Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, C.B.E.

Baroness Rawlings has held the position of president since 2005 and has been a great supporter of the association and all that its members stand for. The baroness has also been a great champion of the Friends of the BADA Trust and the association is delighted to confirm that she has accepted an invitation to become the Friends’ honorary president.

New incumbent Lord Evans is well-equipped to become BADA’s president at what is a difficult time for the antiques trade. Not only is he a passionate collector of antiques, but also he has considerable business and political experience.

At respected publishers Faber & Faber, of T S Eliot fame, Matthew Evans led a successful restructuring and modernisation programme and served as its chairman for more than 20 years. He has been chairman of the former Museums & Archives Council and of the Royal Court Theatre. At the Arts Council he was a member of the National Lottery Advisory Panel.

In politics more recently Lord Evans served as a Whip in the last Government - during five years, for six different Government departments. He was Shadow Minister for the Arts in 2011.

At present he is non-executive chairman of the UK subsidiary of Swiss private bank, EFG Bank.

Speaking about his appointment Lord Evans said,

“I am delighted to accept the position of president of BADA. For many years I have seen and admired the beautiful antiques and works of art sold by BADA members.

“I now have an opportunity to contribute to the future of the association and I am very much looking forward to meeting the members in their galleries and at fairs”.

Jonathan Coulborn from Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Chairman of BADA, said,

“I know that all the membership will join me in thanking Baroness Rawlings for her support for BADA over the last seven years. We welcome Lord Evans at an interesting moment of flux in the antiques trade. His wide-ranging experience and business knowledge will be invaluable to us as we plan for the future”.

BADA Secretary General, Mark Dodgson, commented:

“I relish the prospect of working with Lord Evans, who is enthusiastic and keen to learn about both BADA and the antiques trade. By the same token I am certain he will have some interesting observations to make, and advice to give us”.



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