The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GCDC) has appointed the managing director of renowned UK jewellery design and manufacturing company, Vipa Designs, as its new chairman for the next two years.

Taking over from retiring chairman, Andy Putland, Peter Crump is excited to commence his new role and put plans into place to develop the Council’s work and ambitions further, continuing its excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.

Speaking of his new appointment, Crump remarks: “Wow! What an honour to be Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. This is a fabulous industry, and to be asked to lead an organisation that consistently supports, promotes, rewards and celebrates the very best of creative design, fine craftsmanship and talent is a rare privilege indeed. I look forward to building on the great work done by past chairmen, leading the Council to even greater heights.”


The Council, whose members are drawn from the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, expressed its gratitude to Andy Putland, who remains as a Council member and Trustee, for his enthusiasm, vision and ambition over the past two years.

Crump’s appointment coincides with his celebration of 40 years’ since founding Vipa Designs, based in Melton Mowbray. Vipa manufactures, supports and offers valuable services to other jewellery businesses including both designer makers and retailers, and has been at the forefront of the ethical making movement for over 15 years.

The new chairman also gives his time to the trade by serving on the Education eommittee of the National Association of Jewellers, as well as judging on the Birmingham Jewellery School Design for Industry Panel

As part of his appointment, Crump asked fellow Council member and GCDC trustee, Kathryn Bishop, to be his Vice Chair for the next two years.

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