LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has announced the appointment of Patricia Stevenson as its new Chief Executive.
Patricia joins LAPADA with a wealth of experience in the UK publishing sector and working with trade bodies. She was the Publishing Director of Tatler magazine at Condé Nast for more than 15 years as well as a Director of Condé Nast UK Ltd and is a former board member of The Fragrance Foundation, the trade association for the fragrance industry.
Patricia is a strategic thinker with a highly-developed understanding of marketing, digital integration and event management. Her role at Tatler saw her work closely with high profile arts events including the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair and Art London. Playing a key role in the development of the publication, she was responsible for all commercial revenue streams.
During this time she oversaw the direction of the commercial team, and relationships with over 200 global luxury brands. As a result of this experience, Patricia brings with her a fresh perspective that will be invaluable to the marketing and promotion of LAPADA dealers. While at Tatler she also oversaw its diversification into a multi-faceted media brand and was instrumental in the creation of sponsored Tatler events. Her role in the digitisation of the publication and understanding of the importance of online will ensure she is well-placed to take lapada.org to the next phase of its development.
As Chief Executive, Patricia will be involved in every aspect of the running of LAPADA, working closely with Chairman, Lord De Mauley, who was appointed earlier this year. Joining the team full time in February 2018, she will also preside over the 10th annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square in September.
Lord De Mauley comments: “We are delighted to welcome Patricia to the LAPADA team. Familiar with the world of art and antiques, the luxury sector and the challenges of the lobbying process she is undoubtedly the best person for the job. Patricia’s extensive digital and marketing experience will be vital in continuing to drive LAPADA forward.”
Patricia Stevenson comments: “I am delighted to be joining LAPADA and very much look forward to meeting members and to representing their interests in these fast-changing and challenging times. I believe we can increase the interest in fine art and antiques, both among existing and new collectors, by continuing to make it as accessible and enjoyable as possible to seek out and buy whether this is online, in the showroom, at fairs or at auction. Ensuring that the LAPADA Code of Practice is fully recognised by both UK and international collectors are also key as is increasing LAPADA’s membership and maintaining lobbying influence. I would like to thank Rebecca Davies for her warm welcome; it is clear her tenure at LAPADA has been innovative, inspirational and highly effective and I will endeavour to continue to build on her legacy.”