A few words from one of our new Ambassadors

on Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Posted in News

 After many years and various roles on efig's committee, latterly three years as chairman, Ian Drummond has stepped down. He has now accepted the role of efig's first Ambassador.
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Chairman Chris Jenkin presents Ian Drummond with ambassador certificate
We spoke to Ian about his new position. First of all Ian, we'd like to thank you for all your support since efig was formed.
Q.How do you feel about your new role as an efig Ambassador?
A. I really enjoyed my three years as Chairman of efig, and after stepping down, I am  deeply honoured to now be asked to represent efig in this way. This year I also received a Kentish Town Local Hero Award for my community work so it’s been quite a year!
Kentish Town Local Hero Award
Badge of Honour: Kentish Town Local Hero Ian Drummond
Q.In what areas do you see yourself being able to do most in this position?
A. For me, this role is very much about spreading the word about an industry I am very passionate about and championing all areas of indoor landscaping to a wider audience.
Q.You're a very busy person, how do you think you will make time/find time to promote efig?
A. My work is my absolute passion and I don’t see a time-conflict between my ambassadorship and my working life.  They are in perfect harmony with one another, so finding time won’t be too difficult!
Q.How important do you think it is for efig to have ambassadors?
A. We have to get our messages across and the more ambassadors, the more opportunities there are.  It’s so fundamentally important that people understand the benefits of plants, both from a health and creative perspective.  The more the merrier!
Q.What do you think ambassadors can achieve for efig? 
A. Ambassadors can use their professional profiles to find ways of supporting and promoting efig to make a real difference to the federation.  Each ambassador will have a different skill set, different contacts and different ways of communicating awareness of efig and everything it does.  
Q.How will your role as ambassador differ from your various positions on efig's committee?
A. My 10 years on the committee have provided me with great experience in structured positions. The Ambassador role is very different – it’s much more of an open position so I’m really looking forward to the opportunities ahead.
Q.Do you have anything you'd like to say or add?
A. I’m very excited by how buoyant and strong our industry is. IGD is now busier than ever and we have some great projects coming up. My own personal project is working on my book “At Home with Plants” to be published in April next year.
Q.Is there anything you would like to say to other efig members? 
A. It’s tremendously exciting to see efig so strong and I’m really happy to see such a great new committee in place.
Ian Drummond is Creative Director at Indoor Garden Design in London.

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