In his inaugural address as president of The Timber Trade Federation, Kevin Hayes encouraged more companies to become involved with the organisation.

Speaking to a capacity audience of around 280 guests at the East Anglia Timber Trade Association (EATTA) dinner at King’s College, Cambridge on September 24, he said he was keen to dispel the “us and them” attitude of some members of the timber industry.

“We need products and a timber industry that are fit for purpose,” he said. “And the TTF is healthy and fit for purpose. There is great depth of expertise and it is ready to assist the membership, so don’t be afraid to use it. It’s your TTF, not us and them, just us,” he said.

EATTA chairman Terry Pace reported that the regional association was also in good shape, with healthy finances and good attendances at meetings. A new EATTA website is expected to go live early next year, he added.

Mr Pace also reported that £1,360 had been raised for the Timber Trades’ Benevolent Society (TTBS) at the dinner last year and that £2,000 had been donated to the TTF’s Education & Training Committee. He added that EATTA would also like to support an East Anglian charity and called on members and guests to suggest likely candidates.

This year’s dinner raised £1,625 for the TTBS.