Bob Bohannon has joined the management team of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) in the role of head of academy and policy.

The LIA says this is a key role, which will provide strategy and leadership in the academy, as well as enabling a forward-looking handover of Peter Hunt’s work in his role as chief policy officer.

Bob will oversee and co-ordinate all those supporting policy within the LIA, head up many of the key relationships, create wider and effective cross-industry links and work closely with the newly created Government Affairs committee, chaired by Dave Ribbons.

Passionate about good lighting, sustainability, knowledge sharing and competence, this move brings Bob’s career full circle, as his 35 years in the lighting industry started like so many others with a LIA Certificate Course.

Bob brings a wealth experience to the LIA. The immediate past president of the Society of Light and Lighting, he worked for 20 years in manufacturing, on major projects such as St Pancras Station and Heathrow T5, before returning to lighting design and sustainability – being the recipient of industry awards for both.

Matt Sturgess, the LIA’s CEO, comments: “I am excited to have Bob join us, strengthening our management team, spearheading growing the academy and representing our members in key industry and Government forums.”

Terry Dean, president of the LIA, adds: “Having Bob come on board takes us a big step forward on our journey to develop the LIA and support our members' businesses.”