LAPADA chief executive Sarah Percy-Davis has announced that she is to step down from her post next year largely because of family commitments.
She will play an active part in finding her
successor before handing over the reins in March, but will maintain
close links with the association in an as-yet undefined role.
She will also be involved in LAPADA's 40th
anniversary celebrations in 2014 and the CINOA conference, which is
due to take place in London at the end of June.
Mrs Percy-Davis's resignation brings to an
end a decade's tenure during which she has transformed not just her
own role but that of the association itself.
Widely seen as one of the most effective -
and popular - industry figures of recent years, she has spearheaded
initiatives on everything from lobbying campaigns in Whitehall to
developing partnerships with suppliers on and offline, ensuring the
association is fit for purpose in dealing with the hi-tech business
world of the 21st century.
More recently, her creation and development,
in tandem with Mieka Sywak, of LAPADA's Berkeley Square fair and
LAPADA Modern has helped widen the profile of the association and
bring a more mainstream audience to supplement existing clients for
exhibitors, as well as promoting the close bond between high-end
art and antiques, the luxury goods market and aspirant
Above: Stepping down, LAPADA chief
executive Sarah Percy-Davis.
LAPADA chairman Lord Chadlington led the
tributes to Mrs Percy-Davis, praising her "immense contribution to
the vibrant development of the organisation" and acknowledging that
she would be a "hard act to follow".
Confirming that she would personally oversee
the transition to the new chief executive "to ensure a seamless
hand-over", Mrs Percy Davis said: "After ten rewarding years at the
helm of LAPADA, we have taken a family decision to relocate from
central London to provide a different quality of life for our young
children and it is inevitably with a heavy heart that I begin to
hand over the reins."
Thanking those inside the association, as
well as her wider contacts in the industry, for their help in
making her time as chief executive "unique and memorable", she said
she would launch a new business at a later date, but did not
specify what that would entail.