Gilly graduated in 2002 from the Regent Academy with a Diploma in Interior Design with Distinction. She initially tutored at the Bracknell and Wokingham College in the Adult Education Department teaching Fashion and Interior Design to Diploma level.
Gilly started Koubou Interiors in 2004, opening the studio in Crowthorne after a complete refurbishment of the building. Gilly joined the British Institute of Interior Design as a student working through the Professional Pathway to become a fully Registered Interior Designer. The practice gained Registered Practice status in 2016.
She works with residential and commercial clients in London and the home counties to help them curate spaces that work for them.
Gilly has sat on various committees and working parties for the BIID:
Working party for the writing of the CID 14 BID contract Panel overseeing Industry Partner CPD CPD Committee CPD Director on Governing Council President of the Institute 2018-2019
Gilly was the Director of the BIID for four years (2016-2020) helping to develop and oversee both the long- and short-term strategic direction of the Institute. She is currently heading up the awards working party.
Gilly also speaks at various industry events on the subject of designing for an ageing population, especially focusing on design constraints imposed by Dementia and other disabilities.
Gilly understands the need to work with Koubou Interior’s clients in realising their vision from initial idea to completion.