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Chair Elected For New Board Of Merger

The merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA have elected Steve Davies, Managing Director of Support Services at Compass Group UK & Ireland, as Chair of the company’s board of directors following their first board meeting.

Steve will work closely with the board comprised of members from the previous boards of Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA. Christine Amyes, Executive Director of People at New Charter Housing Trust Group, and Malcolm Cannon, Chief Executive of Lomond

Capital, have joined from Asset Skills.

Tony Clarke, Managing Director of Monthind, and Douglas Cooke, Chief Executive of Principle Cleaning Services, will accompany them, and were previous members of the CSSA board. John Moriarty, FSI Managing Director, and Ian West, Commercial Director at Vinci, make up the final board members, after also being on the FMA board.

Chris Cracknell, retiring Chair of Asset Skills, commented: “I’m delighted the new board has had its inaugural meeting and is now in

Unger Founder Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

Henry Unger, Founder of the global company that has been producing innovative and trusted professional cleaning tools for over 50 years, has received the ultimate accolade – a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA).

The story began back in 1964, when a young window cleaner decided to take a chance. It was in that year that Henry Unger took the latest window cleaning innovations from the United States, and introduced them to German window cleaners. His discerning eye for quality products, his tireless pursuit of new and better ways to clean, and his practical experience of knowing the issues that window cleaners faced, proved to be a recipe for success. The company started from humble beginnings, but soon grew to become the global concern it is today. Unger now has business partners in 80 countries across the world.

Passionate about improving the lives of window cleaners, he strived to design products that achieved the best results while making jobs safer, quicker and easier for professionals. He was an active member of the IWCA from the start,


strongly supporting its mission to develop professionalism, ethics and standards of safety.

The IWCA Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor a current or former individual member of the IWCA who has made major life-long contribution to the window cleaning industry, as a practicing window cleaner, supplier, promoter or leader. It is above and beyond honorary membership, is extremely elite, and not intended to be awarded each year.

Mark Unger, Henry’s son, still helps to guide the company today, together with his two brothers, reaffirming their father’s core values of quality, innovation and customer service. “This award comes at a time of great significance for Unger as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. The fact that the IWCA are also celebrating an important milestone – their 25th anniversary – makes this even more special,” said Mark.

“Although Henry is no longer with us, having passed away in 1996, his legacy lives on. His greatest wish was to be remembered as someone who helped to make the industry more professional, developing

a position to take things forward. This merger is such a positive development for the sector, and will bring so many benefits to the numerous businesses and people working within it. I have every confidence in the new Chair, who I am certain will steer progress in the right direction and ensure a strong future for the organisation and wider industry as a whole.”

Discussions continue surrounding the branding of the merged organisation, with more announcements to follow.

equipment that enables window cleaners to accomplish their tasks in the easiest, quickest and safest ways possible. The IWCA Lifetime Achievement Award recognises his incredible achievements, and is a fitting tribute to a great man who was proud to be a window cleaner.”

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