Simon Fineman, group chief executive of Timbmet, was appointed vice-chairman of TRADA at its AGM yesterday.

Mr Fineman, who has a law degree from the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies, initially pursued a career in the social services sector, before building up his own furniture manufacturing business in Israel. At the age of 33, he returned to the UK to join Timbmet and was appointed CEO in 2000.

Continuing improvement of environmental performance within the company is a major personal priority and Mr Fineman works closely with Globe, an international campaign group focused on climate change and forest conservation, to achieve this end.

“TRADA plays a vital role in today’s construction industry, providing a much needed independent and authoritative source of information on forest products. TRADA’s research and development programme is instrumental in driving innovation within the timber industry and promoting the use of timber in construction. Since joining the TRADA board in 2005, I’ve witnessed its continuing evolution into a sophisticated and irreplaceable centre of excellence and look forward to helping reinforce this in my position as vice-chairman,” he said.