BWF CEO set to move after seven years

3 July 2018

Iain McIlwee is to stand down as chief executive of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) after almost seven years.

Mr McIlwee will leave his role in September to become CEO of FIS, Finishes & Interiors Sectors Limited, the trade body which represents the fit-out sector.

He has worked closely with the board on a succession plan and the BWF has announced that Helen Hewitt, BWF membership director and Wood Window Alliance lead, has been appointed acting CEO with immediate effect.

Mr McIlwee admitted that leaving the BWF would be a “wrench”, saying it had been a privilege to work in the woodworking sector. He admitted he would continue to evangilize the sustainable, healthy, effective and stunning solutions that timber delivers.

“Over the last 7 years Iain has contributed to 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,” said BWF president Sean Parnaby.

Helen Hewitt joined the BWF 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.

“Helen 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,” added Mr Parnaby.