Charles Leon is President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). Charles trained as a theatre designer and began his professional career working for the National Theatre and the English National Opera, designing stage sets for theatre, opera and ballet in the UK and abroad. This led naturally into designing for film, working on several feature productions for Golan Globus and Working Title. In 1988, he was invited to join the UK’s foremost international hotel design company where he remained for five years, working on luxury hotels across Europe. In 1994, Charles established his own design practice, Charles Leon Associates which specialised in hospitality and residential design, working mostly with entrepreneurs and hotel developers. In 2010, he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black.

Charles joined the BIID council following the 2013 merger with the Interior Design Association (IDA), where he was formerly Chairman. He has led the BIID Education Committee, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and is also a guest lecturer at Middlesex University. Charles is renowned for his captivating lectures, talks and seminars on the theory of design and design thinking, and is regularly in demand as a speaker at design events and conferences, sharing his expert knowledge.