Rebecca Davies is the Chief Executive of LAPADA, the largest professional trade association of art & antiques dealers in the UK. The role covers a large spectrum of responsibilities, with the sole aim of looking after the best interests of the Association’s members, including: organising conferences and seminars; arranging benefits for members, including PR coverage; overseeing the LAPADA Fair in Berkeley Square; as well as managing LAPADA’s relationships with other fine art fairs in the UK and internationally.
Rebecca, on behalf of the Association, is a spokesperson for the trade and lobbies government on legislation that adversely affects its members, runs promotional initiatives and gathers and analyses important industry statistics.
As the representative for LAPADA, Rebecca also holds the post of Treasurer for the British Art Market Federation (BAMF).
Previously, Rebecca was Managing Director at the contemporary art gallery Blain|Southern, which she set up with Harry Blain and Graham Southern in 2010. She played a pivotal role in all aspects of the business from management and strategy to growth. She was instrumental in the establishment of further galleries in London, New York and Berlin and managed the lease acquisition and subsequent development of four galleries and two offices.
Prior to this, Rebecca was the European Business Director at leading contemporary art gallery, Haunch of Venison, from 2005.
Rebecca has a Masters Degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History & Sociology from the University of Virginia.