Newport-based office furniture manufacturer Bisley has appointed Jeanine Goddard as its first creative director.

Jeanine assumes her new position after four years as Bisley’s Showroom and Interior Designer, where she has been responsible for developing and enhancing its London showroom and at Bisley’s global subsidiaries around the world including Dubai, New York, Paris and Dusseldorf.

Jeanine trained as a cabinet maker in Germany and studied interior architecture. She went on to work with several of the world’s biggest interiors companies in Munich, including luxury German kitchen company, Bulthaup.

She also trained with Osram Light Consulting, in order to develop innovative and sustainable lighting solutions for clients.

Jeanine moved to the UK 25 years ago where she established a successful interior design consultancy, before joining Bisley in 2017.

Her new position will see her reporting into and working closely with Bisley CEO Richard Costin, with her brief including the creative direction for a new product development team.

Mr Costin, said: “This is the first time we have appointed a creative director and Jeanine was the natural choice.

“This is a hugely important role for Bisley and her appointment demonstrates our long-term commitment to our staff and our design focus for the future, following material recent investment in both the wood and steel manufacturing plants. Jeanine’s notable industry experience and design expertise will be invaluable as we look to expand and diversify our product lines and enter new global markets.”

Jeanine said; “The new product development is something I am really inspired by, as for the first time I am being asked to come up with fresh ideas and use new materials.

"Ever since my father, who loved working with natural materials, put me on my path I have loved furniture and design my whole life, and have always been surrounded by brands devoted to quality and craftsmanship. Bisley is no different.”

Bisley recently won Manufacturer of the Year at the Mixology Awards, the industry-leading celebration of the very best projects, products and people in commercial interior design.