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British Woodworking Federation Announces New Ceo Appointment

British Woodworking Federation Announces New CEO Appointment

Industry body makes changes at the top as it renews focus on Building it Better with Wood
Iain McIlwee is to stand down as Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) after almost seven years. Iain has worked closely with the board on a succession plan and the BWF is pleased to announce that Helen Hewitt has been appointed Acting CEO with immediate effect.
Helen joined the BWF as Membership Director and Wood Window Alliance Lead in November 2017 and has already made a significant impact in many areas of the business especially, in helping to improve processes and engagement with members as well as supporting the Build it Better with Wood values of the organisation.
Iain will continue to work alongside Helen at the BWF until the end of September, when he leaves to take up a new role as chief executive of FIS, Finishes & Interiors Sectors Limited, the trade body which represents the fit-out sector.
BWF president Sean Parnaby said: “Over the last seven years Iain has contributed hugely to the BWF’s step change in profile and activity and helped to ensure we genuinely are one of the outstanding performing trade associations in the UK. He leaves with our gratitude and blessing and we look forward to working with him in his new role.
“We are delighted to have Helen on board, she has a strong track record in developing training and membership organisations in the materials supply chain and her commercial experience will help in directing the BWF through the next period as it naturally evolves. This is an exciting time for the BWF as we promote the UK’s exceptional woodworking skills and the many benefits of building with wood, and we are looking forward to the future.”
Iain McIlwee added: “It has genuinely been a privilege to work in the woodworking sector, to represent the BWF Membership and lead what is an inspirational, enthusiastic and talented team. Having worked closely with Helen I am confident that the BWF is not just in a safe pair of hands, but that the organisation will have a progressive, astute, strong and enthusiastic individual at the helm who understands and respects the values that unite our membership and industry. These are, without doubt, exciting times for timber and the BWF and I will continue to evangelise about the fantastic sustainable, healthy, effective and often stunning solutions that timber delivers and the importance of the craft at the heart of our manufacturing sector that is the woodworking industry.”
Helen Hewitt said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to spearhead the BWF through this next phase. I am looking forward to working closely with our Members, the Council and Executive in developing the strategy which will build on the new Build it Better with Wood campaign; launched at our most successful members day yet. With wood delivering on so many levels and the sector boasting craftspeople and engineers of the highest calibre, the proliferation of wood in the built environment presents exciting opportunities for the construction sector. I have been truly humbled by the passion and pride the industry has for the products it produces and the people it employs.”
The trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK, the BWF provides a voice for the sector in the UK and influences the development of policy, regulations and standards.
The BWF’s Build it Better with Wood campaign is designed to make wood the construction material of choice by celebrating its many benefits in the built environment and promoting the vast range of woodworking and joinery expertise available in the UK.


 
New Director appointed at Robinsons Facilities Services

New Director appointed at Robinsons Facilities Services

Leading facilities management and compliance company, Robinsons Facilities Services, has appointed a new director to head up the firm.
Katie Challis, who previously acted as Service Manager at the company, has been promoted to director following a period of recent change.
Robinsons Facilities Services offers a full range of hard FM services to commercial customers throughout Yorkshire including boiler, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical maintenance and repair services as well as many other specialist services provided by its long-established subcontractor partnerships. The company has enjoyed 20% year on year growth since 2013 and is now four times the size it was then, managing maintenance contracts for over 500 sites in Yorkshire and employing 18 staff from its head office in Bishop Thornton, Harrogate.
Katie joined Robinsons Facilities Services soon after completing her degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since joining the business in a customer service role, Katie has progressed to take on more senior positions and has held the Service Manager position for the last two years.
Her track record of providing exemplary client care skills has ensured she has become a key member of senior staff at the firm and now manages a large number of customer maintenance contracts ensuring firms are compliant with the latest mechanical and electrical safety standards.
Katie’s new Director role will see her continue her focus on business development, engaging with both current and new customers, with a continuous aim of driving the business forward and overseeing the day to day operations of both the business and the staff.
Managing Director Luke Kitchen commented: “Katie is a fantastic, hardworking individual who consistently strives for customer satisfaction. She has shown herself to be highly skilled in the field of commercial facilities management and compliance and we are exceptionally proud to appoint her as a director of the firm at what is an extremely exciting time for the business.”
It is estimated that women hold less than 25% of board positions in the UK, and far less than this in male-dominated industries such as compliance and engineering. Robinsons Facilities Services are keen to recognise Katie’s hard work which has resulted in a promotion to Director.
Luke Kitchen will remain in his role as Managing Director but will not be involved in the day to day operation of the business, instead taking a more strategic and advisory role to support Katie and her team as he works on the firm’s five-year business plan.


 
State-Of-The-Art Aseptic Manufacturing Facility Wins At The Constructing Excellence North East Awards

State-Of-The-Art Aseptic Manufacturing Facility Wins At The Constructing Excellence North East Awards

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, is celebrating the success of one of its major pharmaceutical projects, the GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, at the 2018 Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards. GSK won the Client of the Year category for the project, which was also a finalist in both the Offsite Project and Safety & Wellbeing categories.
The new-build project at Barnard Castle will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the aseptic filling of vials and syringes, and handling of cold chain products, securing the future of aseptic liquid filling operations at the site. BakerHicks completed the scheme design phase and is the lead designer for the delivery phase, working alongside the GSK Engineering team, SES Engineering Services, Star Refrigeration, Turner & Townsend, Daldrop and McLaughlin & Harvey.
A central element to the success of this large and complex project is GSK’s integrated project delivery (IPD) approach. This has seen a high degree of collaboration between everyone involved in delivering the project, leading to efficiencies and minimising risk. As part of this approach, BakerHicks is continuing to provide support and technical advice throughout construction stage with a dedicated lead designer and Building Information Modelling (BIM) manager based on site. This allows the company to use its experience and knowledge of designing facilities of this type to support and challenge the other IPD partners on the project to achieve the best solution.
BIM is being used to coordinate the project as well as providing digital asset management, supporting GSK’s IPD philosophy. BakerHicks manages one central, fully coordinated model which integrates models from various separate design packages and specialist equipment providers to inform the construction of the facility. This not only ensures the integration of the multi-disciplinary design but also allows the team to quickly and proactively detect and resolve any clashes and respond to any on-site questions on construction and installation.
Tom Dickinson, head of project management at BakerHicks says: “GSK is a highly innovative client who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries to drive better project delivery and this is a fantastic example of what that approach can achieve. For instance, the level of BIM integration on a project of this type is unprecedented. Making full use of this technology in this way allows for the coordination of the team and design across what is a large scale and highly complex project. It’s this industry leading approach to the project which makes GSK thoroughly deserving of the CENE Client of the Year award.”
BakerHicks have provided multi-disciplinary scheme and detailed design and management services for the aseptic manufacturing facility.


 
Rhodar Rebrands To Bring ‘One-Stop’ Solution To Market As A Major Force In Specialist Enabling Works

Rhodar Rebrands To Bring ‘One-Stop’ Solution To Market As A Major Force In Specialist Enabling Works

K’s leading asbestos removal company brings demolition and land remediation services into core business
Rhodar, one of the UK’s leading asbestos removal companies, has launched its new brand, formally showcasing its ability to provide an end-to-end specialist enabling works solution for the construction industry.
Founded in 1976, Rhodar launches its new brand after growing to become one of the UK’s largest asbestos removal providers.
Now offering demolition and land remediation to complement its established asbestos removal services, Rhodar is able to provide a totally integrated works package for its clients.
Turnover this year is projected to be £48 million, with a growing workforce of over 500 professionals operating from 12 strategically located facilities across the UK.
Rhodar’s client base includes NHS trusts, transport infrastructure providers, schools, universities, housing, nuclear, MoD and the wider construction industry.
This strategic move began with the process of integrating demolition specialist Bagnall UK into Rhodar in late 2016, having worked hand-in-hand on projects for over 10 years within the Lexia Solutions Group. The evolution of the business continued last year with the establishment of a new remediation division with global expertise, unlocking further growth potential.
Jason Davy, managing director, Rhodar, commented: “Rhodar is a team of innovators and we are always looking to challenge standard practice to find new and efficient ways of delivering projects. Each of our three service disciplines has a strong reputation and track record in their specialist field.
We’re proud to deliver an unrivalled and sustainable customer journey and are very excited to be formalising and amalgamating our expertise under the new Rhodar brand, continuing our evolution to deliver effective solutions for our customers.”
Rhodar was recently recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Construction News Specialist Contractor Awards and was named winner in the 2018 UKRIA (UK Rail Industry Awards) in the ‘Outstanding Projects’ (under £3million) category for their innovative, unique project for Great Western Railways (GWR).
As part of the brand roll-out, which is expected to take a number of months to complete, Rhodar has produced a new video to showcase its expanded capabilities.


 
Polygon Achieves Green Company Status in Achilles Accreditation

Polygon Achieves Green Company Status in Achilles Accreditation

Polygon UK, the global expert in property damage control and temporary climate solutions, has announced its eighth consecutive year of achieving Achilles accreditation: in 2018 achieving 100% scores and a new Green Company status. With approximately 87,000 companies registered by Achilles, only 0.003 percent achieve Green Status, which is the highest level awarded.
Achilles is a supply chain audit standard focused on providing insight on risk mitigation, sustainability and business performance and is relied on by safety critical industries and governments worldwide. Polygon achieved an outstanding 100% score after rigorous audit, across all four key sectors: corporate social responsibility (CSR); health and safety; environmental and quality.
“We are delighted to have achieved this remarkable score and to have been recognised as a Green Company. This achievement demonstrates the culture within our business of continuous improvement and acknowledges the importance with which we view our responsibilities, including our duty of care to serve customers safely, economically and to the highest environmental standards,” says Pat Neal, HR Director of Polygon UK.
The award gives Polygon UK increased opportunities to collaborate with specialist businesses around the country.


 
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