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Maureen is known in the fairs world not only for her regular stand at Olympia but also through her vetting of textiles at a number of events.

Lord Howe, chairman of the association, welcomed the dealer to the board saying: “I am sure Maureen Morris’s experience and expertise will be a great asset to us and I look forward to working with her.”

The appointment follows the departure of John Butterworth of Reindeer Antiques who has stepped down after 10 years.