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Obituary – John Smith
27 April, 2021
John Smith, former sales director of JJ Smith Woodworking Machinery Ltd, and a well-known figure in the industry, has died following a short illness.
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Two new members elected to BMF board
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Frank Elkins, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins plc and Lee Harwood, group finance director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd have been elected to the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Mr Elkins takes up his position on April 1 and Mr Harwood begins his term of office on June 1.
NMITE appoints CATT founding director
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) has announced that Professor Robert Hairstans has joined as founding director of its Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT).
West Port recruits Nielsen as operations director
Monday, March 08, 2021 Arvid Nielsen has joined West Port Timber Windows & Doors as operations director. His focus will be on streamlining and improving a variety of processes and systems, which will ultimately deliver benefits to all existing and future customers.
Ryan joins WPA
Monday, March 08, 2021 Neil Ryan has joined the Wood Protection Association (WPA) team in the new role of regulatory affairs adviser. Mr Ryan is an independent consultant (and managing director) at Woodable and as part of his portfolio, he will be working with the WPA and its members in an advisory capacity.
SO Modular invests in new talent after uplift in demand
Friday, February 19, 2021 Timber frame construction specialist SO Modular has created two new jobs on the back of an uplift in demand, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Griffiths joins Lawsons
Friday, February 19, 2021 John Griffiths has joined the Lawsons Group as non-executive director.
Fryers appointed BMF board adviser
Friday, February 19, 2021 The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Rachel Fryers, director of Merritt & Fryers in Skipton, as a board adviser with effect from April 1.
Director-general and WPIF notch up 25 years
Friday, February 12, 2021 Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) director-general, Alastair Kerr has been recognised for 25 years of distinguished service, which date back to the organisation's formation in 1996.
Law to retire from Lonza
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 Lonza Wood Protection’s marketing manager, David Law, is to retire at the end of April after almost 36 years with the business. His role at Lonza will be filled by Amanda Chesson, who was previously in a similar position within the British Woodworking Federation.
Price joins BWF in marcomms role
Thursday, January 21, 2021 Gemma Price has joined the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) as marketing and communications manager. She takes over from Amanda Chesson who left the BWF in mid-January.
Dan Catherall Senior retires
Thursday, January 21, 2021 After more than 60 years in the trade Dan Catherall Senior has finally decided to retire at the grand old age of 80.
Obituary – Michael Latham
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Michael Latham died peacefully at home on January 5 aged 90 with his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan, and family at his bedside.
‘Fab Four’ carpentry students honoured at IOC
Thursday, January 07, 2021 Four students in their third year of carpentry & joinery studies at college are the first to receive an inaugural 3rd Year Student Award from the Institute of Carpenters (IoC).
Nick Milestone joins US Softwood Lumber Board
Monday, November 09, 2020 The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) has announced that Nick Milestone has joined the SLB to support its mission in the areas of strategic partnerships and adoption of mass timber construction in the US. He is a veteran of the European and UK mass timber markets and the current chairman of TRADA.
Obituary - Dan Jakens
Sunday, November 08, 2020 The London Hardwood Club reports with deep sadness that it has been advised of the passing of Dan Jakens.
SCA Wood strengthens customer services
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 SCA has used technology to quickly react to increased online sales with the appointment of a home deliveries manager, customer service assistant and 20 temporary warehouse support colleagues.
Jones retires from EE Olley
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Mark Jones, sales director of EE Olley & Sons Ltd has announced his semi-retirement after 22 years with the company.
Obituary – David Woodbridge
Monday, August 24, 2020 David Woodbridge passed away on August 6, aged 84.
Scott Group appoints Gill Gorman as group HR director
Thursday, August 13, 2020 Leading pallet and industrial supplies business, Scott Group has appointed Gill Gorman to the newly established position of group HR director.

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