The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed Kevin Underwood as its new technical manager.

Mr Underwood, who was previously JELD-WEN’s development manager for windows, external doorsets and stairs, has spent his entire career in the joinery industry. After graduating from Southampton University with a degree in mechanical engineering he joined Boulton & Paul which was later purchased by JELD-WEN.

BWF chief executive Richard Lambert welcomed Mr Underwood to the team, “after many years of working with him in his capacity as chair of the Windows Technical Committee and representative on several British Standards committees”. “His knowledge and experience mean that he is ideally suited to this position, and his presence will strengthen the services on offer to our members,” Mr Lambert said.

Working with technical officer Chris Addison, Mr Underwood’s main role will be providing advice and guidance to members on technical issues, but he will also lead the Federation’s work in developing British and European Standards for timber and joinery products.

In addition, he said he was keen to raise the BWF’s contribution to the development of government policy and standards which have technical implications for members.

“I will also work towards a greater integration between the BWF’s work on technical and sustainability issues as these have been treated in isolation so far and I believe that this needs to change,” said Mr Underwood.