Ken Stradling has had a lifelong interest in design and crafts. He was Managing Director of the Bristol Guild for fifty years and is now its Chairman.
He was deputy director of the Cider Press Centre in Dartington for nine years and a trustee of the Vivat Trust and the SS Great Britain. He became Chairman of the Gane Trust in 1988. He has recently set up a charitable trust, the Stradling Collection, to show his large collection of modern ceramics, glass, furniture and pictures in Bristol.