The Team

Dids Macdonald CEO

Dids Macdonald has over 25 years experience within the design industry initially owning an interior design company and latterly as a designer-maker. She launched ACID (Anti Copying in Design) because her products were consistently copied. ACID began informally in 1996 as a round table action group and has developed into a not for profit trade organisation representing thousands of designers within the creative industries. Dids lectures widely on IP issues concentrating on lone, micro and SME’s both nationally and internationally.

In June 2015 Dids was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Interior Design and the same month Dids was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours for her services to the design industry. In June 2016, Dids was nominated as one of two 2016 entrants to the Design Week Hall of Fame and in July 2016 ACID was named as IP Champion by the Alliance for Intellectual Property on its first British IP Day at Westminster.In November 2017 Dids was honoured by the UK Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. The Services to the Industry Award is given each year to an individual who has made a broader contribution to the development and success of design in and around the industry.

ACID is supported by the Alliance for Intellectual Property of which Dids is Vice Chair.

Dids was inaugurated as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in May 2019.

Nick Kounoupias Chief Counsel and IP Director

Nick Kounoupias is one of the best known names in the International IP world, practising as an IP solicitor across all IP sectors inhouse and privately since 1986.  Nick has been Chief Counsel for Anti Copying in Design (ACID) since 2008, advising the organisation on the intellectual property aspects of design lobbying issues. In 2020 he was appointed as a Director of ACID. In 2014 he, together with ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald, OBE, led the successful campaign on behalf of UK designers to recognise the intentional copying of registered designs as a criminal offence.

Nick is also the founder and CEO of Kounoupias IP and is also a fully accredited mediator.

He successfully lobbied for and helped draft the Copyright and Trade Mark (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 and the IP Act. In recognition of his contribution to the design industries Nick was appointed a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and a Freeman of the City of London.

Amongst Nick’s many industry appointments are the following: founder and Vice Chairman of the Alliance for IP (previously the cross-industry Alliance against Counterfeiting and Piracy) , a Board Director of the Federation against Software Theft (FAST), Chief Legal Counsel to Anti-Copying in Design (“ACID”) and its representative at the legal group meetings of the Alliance for IP, a founder and regular participant and thought leader at the UK Government’s IP Crime Group, director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and former Chair of its enforcement sub-committee, a founder and a former executive director of the cross-industry Copyright Hotline, and Chairman of the anti-piracy committee of the international music collecting society association BIEM.

Jane Banyai Consultant

I joined ACID in 2004 and have held various administrative roles within the organisation which has contributed to a broad level of experience in all aspects of ACID as a fast moving and exciting membership organisation.

My role is to translate ACID’s strategic objectives and long term goals into the day to day delivery of the ACID offer to membership and my key priority is to ensure that the ACID team are responsive to the needs of a diverse membership with ever changing needs. I work closely with ACID’s CEO in the decision-making involved in achieving our objectives to provide ACID’s members with a safer trading environment and communicating the value of original design. This involves planning and deciding the best use of resources. With the help of the experienced ACID team, I am intent on continually improving the performance of ACID.

I am married to Gyorgy, who is Hungarian, and my hobbies include learning to master Hungarian cuisine and their complex language.

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Ann Bond Financial Director

I have over 25 years experience helping SMEs with their accountancy and taxation affairs. I joined ACID as Financial Director in 1998 and have seen it grow into an influential, powerful and internationally recognised trade organisation which Dids Macdonald has strived tirelessly to build. I am proud to be part of a dynamic team who are totally committed to our members and the protection of their designs.

Part of my remit is to attend as many team meetings as I can so that I can fully immerse myself in all the financial aspects of growth within the organisation. I have been keenly involved in the development of ACID Marketplace which incorporates the ACID IP Databank and I am keen to see it metamorphose into a safer trading online platform with full design buyer engagement. I will also be considering other small business support services to add to the Marketplace offer.

I am married with 2 daughters at university and I love cooking, horse riding and walking my 2 chocolate labradors.

Faith Capstick Membership Coordinator

As Membership Coordinator my position encompasses welcoming new members on board, explaining the many benefits ACID membership offers and ensuring all current members have an easily accessible and approachable point of contact. I understand just how important the friendly and supportive role ACID offers is to over 1000 members worldwide.

Focusing on our members needs and enabling them to use ACID benefits is essential, I worked in hospitality for many years, and enjoy transferring aspects of my experience in customer service to ACID and its diverse members. I really enjoy staying in touch with our membership via our Social Media platforms and as a creative myself, I especially relish in engaging with great designers and learning ways I can best support others to build our voice in a movement which will strengthen our rights and freedoms for everyone’s creative endeavours.

My degree in English, married my love of reading to creative writing. In my spare time I also create clothes and soft furnishings using a variety of textile mediums. I feel at peace when surrounded by nature or taking a walk in natural landscapes.

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Deanie Butler Membership Administrator

I have joined the ACID team as an Administrator to assist the Membership Coordinator with their tasks and help to keep on top of the general administration.  I have previously worked in hospitality but I am pleased I made the change in career path and I am now expanding upon my existing skills whilst learning new protocols.  I am enjoying learning more about intellectual property so that I can support ACID Members when they call or email with queries.  It is really interesting to work with so many creative people and across so many industry sectors.  I have previous experience in jewellery design and silversmithing so I do appreciate the time and effort that goes into designing and making new products.

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Tracy Breeze Event Coordinator

I have spent over 20 years delivering high profile events within the creative sector, from the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize and London Fashion Week to design summits, workshops, awards and more, across the UK and Europe.

I coordinate external events for ACID, such as the joint seminars we hold on specialist design subjects which have included 3D Printing and Design-Post Brexit. I organise the twice yearly ACID Advisory Council meetings when the Council members meet to discuss strategy plans and future projects. I also work on member engagement to ensure that all ACID members are maximising their membership benefits.

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Marion Horwood Head of Membership & Business Development

I worked for PRS for Music for many years and, as part of their in-house legal team, gained a wealth of knowledge in music copyright infringement as well as working in a membership organisation.

I am the most recent member of the ACID team. As the Head of Membership & Business Development my priority is to lead on recruiting, engaging and retaining members as well as developing and promoting the full range of new and current events and benefits for our members.  I am a firm believer in and supporter of ACID’s IP Charter and will be doing all I can to expand and promote it. This is an ideal role for me as I have a very keen interest in design law and passionate about helping and assisting ACID members to protect their designs and, where necessary, ensure they obtain the appropriate support when their designs are copied.

I will also be assisting our members with their IP strategy needs. I work closely with all members of the ACID team and its Legal Affiliates and look forward to attending conferences/exhibitions and events to meet with existing and potential ACID members and Partners.

I love reading, dancing and Motown music.