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Dr Stephen Westland CCol FSDC

Stephen Westland obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of Leeds in the 1980s before working for Courtaulds Research as a Colour Physicist. He then held academic posts at the universities of Keele and Derby before being appointed as Professor of Colour Science and Technology in 2003 at the University of Leeds in the School of Design. During his time at Leeds he has held several management positions including Head of School of Design (2006-2013) and Acting Faculty Dean (2013). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed book chapters, journal papers and conference proceedings in the areas of colour measurement, colour imaging and colour design. He received the Davies Medal from the Royal Photographic Society (2008) for his research into digital colour imaging and is a Senior Adjunct Scientist at the University of Texas Dental School (2010). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Colour and Imaging Institute an Tsinghua University in China (2010).

I have been involved with the Society of Dyers and Colourists for almost as long as I have been interested in colour (which is a very long time). As an undergraduate student in the Department of Colour Chemistry at the University of Leeds in the early 1980s I was Secretary and Treasurer of the Leeds Student Section of the SDC. I have been a member of the Colour Measurement Committee of the Society since the 1990s and have always seen the Society as the primary vehicle for networking and collaborating with other professionals interested in colour, particularly in the UK. I have also been fortunate to serve for many years as a reviewer for the Society’s journal Coloration Technology and I am also a member of the Publications Committee. I also served for a short spell as a Trustee of the Society. It is a huge honour for me to be appointed as President-Elect for the Society. When I first joined the Society in the early 1980s I certainly never imagined that I would ever achieve such a position. I remember, as a student, looking at the gold-engraved names of past presidents in the Society’s Council Chamber and I would have been astonished had I been told then that my name would one day be added to that list of illustrious experts and practitioners in colour. I will do my best during my term of appointment to support the Society in its mission to educate the world in the science of colour.