Sturgess took up his position on 12 April 2021, replacing interim CEO, Paul Crisp, who has been supporting the LIA team and its members as they plan for the post 2020 era.
Sturgess started out professional life as an electronics graduate engineer, sponsored by a Thorn EMI business. Early on, he moved into sales and progressed into senior roles in different industries, with a passion for personal learning and development. Drawing from his experience supporting growth in blue chip global businesses and SME’s, along the way he gained his MBA.
More recently he has worked within the lighting industry having operated as the Commercial Director of Sylvania Lighting and also held the position of Managing Director at Simmonsigns.
The lighting industry has seen incredible changes in recent year and as the LIA sets out to promote the growth of its members, within a strong and vibrant lighting sector it says with Sturgess’ appointment it is “confident in meeting its members and industry’s expectations for the future”.