RMIT University's Claire Beale has been appointed President of the Victoria Tasmania branch of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
The School of Fashion and Textiles lecturer said she was looking forward to providing guidance and leadership to the Council, ensuring the DIA remains relevant, engaged and connected with the design professions.
"I'm honoured and humbled to represent such an inspiring and diverse group of design professionals," she said.
"The Victoria Tasmania branch is highly active, engaging in a broad range of programs and events throughout the year, with a focus on providing value to our membership.
DIA National President James Harper said the Institute had enjoyed a long association with Ms Beale.
"She will bring passion, dedication and vision to the role," he said.
"Claire's numerous strengths include her unbridled enthusiasm for design, but she also understands how to lead teams and achieve goals. These are the exact qualities that will inspire and engage the wider DIA community."
The DIA is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses and its members are recognised as qualified, experienced and ethical practicing professionals.
The institute has a long history of engagement with design education institutions and aims to connect design professionals with students through initiatives such as mentoring programs, program advisory panels, and the annual Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA).
Alongside the state Presidential appointment, Ms Beale was also appointed as a National Councillor on the DIA National Board.
As part of the national counsellor role, she will contribute to national policy and help to raise the profile of the Australian design industry locally and internationally.
Ms Beale's experience in the fashion and textile industries includes commercial and bespoke design services, trend forecasting, visual merchandising, marketing, product development and retail operations.
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