Dids Macdonald has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the design industry.

DidsMacdonaldMs Macdonald is CEO of Anti-Copying in Design, commonly known as ACID, as well as a Liveryman and Second Assistant of The Furniture Makers’ Company.

She said: “I am immensely proud of this recognition and honoured to be awarded an OBE. This highlights the importance of intellectual property which underpins all successful design brands, of which there are so many within the furnishing industry.”

David Dewing is Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. He said: “British investment in design must be protected, for the furnishing industry as well as others. Our designers are among the best in the world and copying is one of the biggest threats they face to their business. Dids and her organisation ACID are to be commended for the work they do to combat copying.”

As partner in a small decorative accessories company in the 1990s, Ms Macdonald spent considerable time fighting off copyists. She co-founded a voluntary based round table action group in 1996 called Anti Copying in Design to create a plan to help small “Davids” conquer global Goliath copyists. At the time, there was no organisation to help designers protect their intellectual property.