BWF appoints Bailey as president

26 August 2019

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed Paul Bailey, founder and managing director of European Doorsets, as its new president. He succeeds Sean Parnaby, managing director of West Port Timber Windows, who has been president of the association since October 2016.

Mr Bailey has over 30 years’ experience in the woodworking sector. He established European Doorsets, manufacturers of bespoke performance doors, doorsets and associated joinery items, in 1990 and for a number of years has been an active member of the BWF.

Mr Bailey has been integral to driving forward the BWF’s aims and ethos, having been a member of the association’s board of directors for 13 years and vice-president since 2016.

“We’re delighted that Paul has taken up the reins as president of the association,” said Helen Hewitt, CEO of the BWF. “He brings with him experience and knowledge of the sector, an understanding of the challenges we face as an industry and a clear sense of what we can be doing collectively to meet them head on.

“Our thanks go to Sean Parnaby who has played a central role in our growth. Paul is committed to continuing to drive forward Sean’s excellent work in promoting our sector and ensuring it remains attractive to young people who seek a long and rewarding career.”

“I’m excited about the future as I take on the role at such a critical time for our industry,” said Mr Bailey. “United by a passion for wood, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues at the BWF to raise the profile of UK woodworking, tackle the skills gap and drive innovation and growth throughout the sector.”

Paul Bailey is the new BWF president