The former publishing director of Tatler magazine at Condé Nast and director of Condé Nast UK Ltd, Patricia Stevenson has been appointed as the new chief executive of LAPADA, the association of art and antiques dealers.
Patricia brings a wealth of experience from the world of publishing and working with trade bodies to her new role, including time as a board member of The Fragrance Foubdation, the trade association for the fragrance industry. In her position at Tatler she worked closely with high-profile arts events, including the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair and Art London.
LAPADA said that her experience will bring a fresh perspective to the marketing and promotion of the organisation and its dealers.
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 commented, “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.”
Commenting on her new role, Patricia said, “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 be online, in the showroom, at fairs or at auction.”
She continued, “Ensuring that the LAPADA Code of Practice is fully recognised by both UK and international collectors is 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.”
Departing LAPADA chief executive Rebecca Davies is set to return to the world of contemporary art.