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New Research Association Council appointments

At a recent Furniture Industry Research Association Council meeting two new appointments were confirmed.

Joanna Knight was voted in as a Council Member. Joanna has over 30 years of experience in the furniture market. Her expertise includes marketing, public relations, journalism and sales in different sectors covering contract, office and retail.

In 2001 she was a founder member of Amaryllis and Board director for over 15 years. Originally formed to target the emerging Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Amaryllis specialised in Furniture, Fittings and Equipment including product specification and supply, reuse and renovation as well as support services including porterage, removals, onsite repairs and recycling.

More recently, Joanna launched an Art Gallery and a marketing communications consultancy specialising in the furniture sector. She has a particular interest in sustainability and the circular economy. She is a Liveryman and Court Assistant at The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Samantha Brown was also confirmed as the Research Association's new Company Secretary. Many members will already know Sam, as prior to her appointment she worked within the membership department for a number of years, before moving to her current position - Consultancy Operations Co-ordinator for FIRA International, who are the service provider to the Research Association.

As of 16 March 2021 the full council comprises:

  • Brian Ahern (Chair)
  • Mark Richardson, Blum (Deputy Chair)
  • Sam Brown, FIRA International (Secretary)
  • Jessica Alexander, National Bed Federation
  • Anne Barber, In Heaven at Home
  • Alan Bennett, Euro Group Ltd
  • Paul Critchley, Home Retail Group
  • Andy Green
  • Jonathan Hindle, KI Inc
  • Murray Hudson, Gratnells Ltd
  • Joanna Knight
  • Rodney McMahon, Morgan Furniture
  • Nigel Punshon, Hille
  • Andrew Story, Moore Furniture Group
  • Rob Veitch, Element Materials Technology

Invitations are open to those from across the furniture industry who may be interested in joining the Council and shaping the work of the Research Association, further details of roles and commitments are available via