The KBDi community lost a special friend and vivacious member when Queensland designer, Ashley Foote passed away last month, aged 56.

Ashley was well known by members across Australia, and was the ‘resident larrikin’ at many KBDi events.

He first joined the organisation as a somewhat reluctant student, participating in a group training session with his colleagues (at the time) from Kitchen Connection. Although he was – by his own admission – more interested in sales than design at that stage, he soon become a keen and enthusiastic student and avid promoter of design education.

Having completed his course, Ashley went on to work independently with his business ‘AREDesign’, servicing clients across south-east Queensland, and eventually (and successfully) applied for KBDi Accreditation. Ashley was proud of his new credentials, and became a great spokesperson for Certified Kitchen Designers across the country.

Ashley suffered ill health over the last twelve months, and lost his fight with a short but aggressive illness on 18 April, 2017.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley’s family and friends. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Vale Ashley Foote.