Remembering Liz Peck FSLL, 1974 - 2021
Posted: 08 January 2021
Liz Peck FSLL, 1974 - 2021
It is with great sadness that the Society of Light and Lighting confirm the death of Liz Peck, Past President, former Secretary and a Fellow of the Society.
At this point, the Society has very few details but, it is understood that Liz passed away this week at the age of 46.
After encouragement from industry peers, Liz joined the lighting industry in 1999, taking a customer service role with Concord Lighting. Working alongside Mike Simpson, Liz moved from Concord to Philips, becoming a senior lighting designer and with Mike’s encouragement, joined the Society of Light and Lighting in 2003. At the time, Liz was undertaking the Bartlett MSc in Light and Lighting. Liz was awarded the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Student of the Year in 2003 and graduated the following year.
Keen to contribute, Liz joined the Society’s Newsletter committee and for a short time, sat on CIBSE Council as part of sub-committee looking at membership grades and subscriptions, eventually moving on to SLL Council instead.
In 2007, Liz set up her own independent lighting consultancy, LPA Lighting. She also provided training for CIBSE and the LIA. Liz’s projects include Dover Castle, which was highly commended at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards and more recently, the Iron Bridge in Telford, a project that she worked on with current SLL President, Bob Bohannon (LuxRapide), winning the Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year at the Lux Awards in November 2020.
Liz Peck named Lux Person of the Year 2015 at the Lux Awards
In 2008, Liz was awarded the SLL Lighting Diploma, and prior to being elected to the SLL Executive Committee, Liz was the Society’s Secretary. Liz became SLL President in 2015, coinciding with the UNESCO International Year of Light. She was extremely proud to be the third woman to take on the role and to represent the Society, its members, and the Lighting Industry. Liz was also an active member of the Society’s Technical and Publications committee, contributing to several SLL Lighting Guides. At the time of her death, she was working on an SLL Guide on the impact of lighting on flora and fauna.
In her presidential year, Liz was one of the instigators and project leads of the first SLL Night of Heritage Light. Embracing and celebrating the UNESCO International Year of Light, SLL members lit 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the UK on 1st October 2015. Alongside Simon Fisher, Dan Lister and Rhiannon West, Liz led this national event, which gained international acclaim. The Night of Heritage Light 2015 went on to win awards at the Lighting Design Awards, the darc awards and was highly commended at the Lux Awards. Liz was also named Lux Person of the Year 2015.
SLL awarded Heritage Project of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards 2016. From left to right, Tom Allen, awards host; Brendan Keely, SLL Secretary; Juliet Rennie, SLL Coordinator; Liz Peck, SLL President 2015-16; Dan Lister, NOHL team leader; Simon Fisher, NOHL team leader; and Dean Skira, who confirmed the award winner.
Rounding up the UNESCO International Year of Light, Liz travelled with SLL Coordinator, Juliet Rennie to Mexico for the closing ceremony, where she spoke about the Night of Heritage Light as part of an international panel of lighting designers and advocates.
On moving from Brighton to her beloved city of Leeds, Liz started the Northern Lights initiative, which gave an opportunity for Light Minded people in the north of England to socialise, laugh and discuss the topics of the day. Liz was a great champion of the lighting community and felt strongly about supporting and encouraging those within it. She was very passionate, hard-working, and committed to the lighting profession.
On hearing the news, SLL President Bob Bohannon commented;
'I will not be alone in hearing the news of Liz’s passing with shock and immense sadness, she was a dear friend and invaluable colleague. She will be widely missed, I was constantly amazed by just how many people knew her and her ability to make friends of the teams around us. But whilst mourning I want to celebrate the life lived for that is the Liz we all knew. Her humanity shone through, for example in the last few months she was volunteering as a deliverer for a Leeds food bank, it was hard work but she made people's lives better. She was immensely proud to have beaten all the longevity odds after major heart surgery as a teenager. Her passion for the work of the Society of Light & Lighting was a driving force in her life and her work on projects such as Dover Castle and the Iron Bridge at Telford were widely recognised as being at the leading edge of our profession.
We'll miss you Liz."
Liz Peck FSLL, delivering her inaugural address as SLL President in 2015
Within her 2015 presidential address delivered at the RIBA, Liz talked about the importance of collaboration, within the lighting industry and with related disciplines. She likened to the lighting industry to a family tree and she will be greatly missed by us all.
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