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MOVERS&SHAKERS


BWF SEEKS A SUCCESSOR FOR RICHARD LAMBERT


The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has started the search for a new chief executive, following the news that Richard Lambert will be leaving the Federation in September to join the National Landlords’ Association (NLA) as its chief executive.


Roy Wakeman, president of the BWF, said:


“Richard has been a positive influence on the BWF and the industry as a whole over the past nine years during his time as chief executive.


“Over this time he has worked closely with


the executive board to drive and implement the strategy that has seen a membership increase of 45%, as well as major initiatives such as the introduction of our Code of Conduct, a new accreditation scheme for timber stairs, a major industry training scheme, a wide range of business support services and the launch of the Wood Window Alliance. We thank Richard sincerely for these positive results.


CARLY IS NETWORK VEKA’S NEW ‘LEADING’ LADY…AND SEBASTIAN’S BACK IN VEKA MARKETING


Network VEKA has appointed Carly Barton to a newly created position of Leads Administrator to look after the organisation’s ever-growing lead generation programme.


Carly will oversee the distribution of the hundreds of free leads a month that go out to its installer members, tracking the progress of each and collating the results.


“It’s very rewarding to be able to help members’ businesses in this way and they obviously appreciate it,” she said.


Her appointment takes the Network VEKA team up to seven dedicated staff.


Meanwhile, Sebastian Schnurpfeil has returned to VEKA plc from his Head Office apprenticeship for a year’s secondment as Marketing Assistant.


“We are now looking for a new person to lead and implement our core strategies around membership growth, business support services to members and developing the industry leaders of the future. The new chief executive will also work closely with me to spearhead our ongoing campaign to inspire industry engagement. It’s a very exciting period within the industry with plenty of debate and change – equally this will be an exciting time for the BWF.”


Richard Lambert said: “The Federation I leave in 2011 is transformed in its objectives, outlook and ambition from the organisation I joined in May 2002. What was a small, technically focussed subsidiary of an umbrella confederation is now a modern, independent and professional trade association, which supports its members' businesses and represents its industry. This has enabled it to weather the recession much better than many of its contemporaries and is a fantastic building block for the future.


Richard Lambert. “The BWF is now ready to move to the next


stage of its development, and I believe that it will again benefit from a fresh perspective.”


Sebastian Schnurpfeil.


Sebastian, 22, who first worked in Burnley for a month last year, said of his return: “This is a great opportunity to be working in the UK as my first job after apprenticeship. It will give me an excellent perspective for my future with this international


Carly Barton


company. I have worked in several departments at VEKA AG but was always interested in Sales & Marketing.”


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