Lawrence joined the Board of the UKTFA in 2007 and today stands as one of the longest serving members representing the interests of the supply chain. During Lawrence’s time on the Board he has represented a broad range of committees including membership and quality, plus delivery of the Association’s PR and marketing. Lawrence was appointed Chairman of the UKTFA in January 2013; a role which he will hold for two years.
Born in Carluke Scotland and a Pharmaceutical Chemist graduate from Strathclyde University, at the age of 28 the opportunity arose to go into partnership with his brother in law. Some 30 years on Young Black continues to thrive in the tough construction industry and is heavily involved in the timber frame industry. Lawrence says: “you don’t get any medals for serving on the Board but what you do get is a huge amount of satisfaction knowing that we are leading the journey to Zero Carbon by a mile.”
Lawrence’s children have flown the nest which allows Lawrence to spend time with his wife Bev entertaining friends at their self-build (timber frame) home in France.
Simon Orrells is one of the longest serving members of the Board. During Simon’s tenure as Chairman the Association delivered some of the most critical outputs to guide the construction industry towards the greater adoption of timber frame as the most sustainable form of construction. This leadership was driven by Simon’s commitment to spend less time talking and more time doing. A mantra that has guided Simon through his career as the owner of one of the UK’s most innovative timber frame manufacturers – Frame Wise Limited, based in Presteigne, Powys.
Simon loves to travel with his wife Jennifer and when he’s not plane hopping, you’ll find him enjoying rugby (watching not playing) or watching car rallying.
Gerard joined the Board of the UKTFA in 2009 and in this time has served as the chair of the education and training committee and has been instrumental in the delivery of the Site Safe Online Registration (J)
Gerard is passionate about improved training for erectors and is currently spearheading a campaign with Construction Skills on NVQs for timber frame erectors. All of this commitment to the UKTFA is borne out of vast experience in the timber frame erection business and today owns and runs one of the UK’s leading timber frame erection businesses – Regal Carpentry, which has traded for the last 22 years.
Gerard says: “this industry is changing quickly and its critical that we train our people to deliver the very best on site experience for the client. My role is to ensure that this excellence is made available to all of our members and as a team we strive to be better.”
Paul has worked within the timber-based construction and consulting industries for over 15 years. Joining the Kingspan Group just over five years ago, he now leads the company’s engagement with some of the most exciting zero-carbon housing developments in UK housing history.
Paul gravitated towards the MMC industry following the award of a PhD from Imperial College and a stint lecturing at London Guildhall University. Prior to joining Kingspan Paul spent 12 years working for TRADA (Timber Research & Development Association) where he gained experience of advanced timber frame systems in Germany, Sweden and Canada. As part of this work he managed projects to introduce these more advanced systems into the UK and ensure that they are appropriate for the UK climate and regulatory framework.
Paul joined the board of the UK Timber Frame Association in 2010 to optimise the provision of expert technical advice to both the association’s members and the industry as a whole.
Kevin Riley, is the Vice President Construction Industry for Metsa Wood UK responsible for all aspects of the UK operation handling the broad spectrum of engineered wood products for the construction sector. Kevin also has responsibility for the Metsa Wood production facility at Kings Lynn, manufacturing Finnjoist (FJI)
Kevin’s experience with the timber frame sector goes back beyond his 11 years at Metsa Wood to his time at Norbord where he was Group Marketing Manager. He is a graduate of both Liverpool University and University of Westminster, from the latter receiving an MBA; he is married with 2 children and lives in Scotland
Alex was appointed to the Stewart Milne Group Main Board as Group Managing Director – Stewart Milne Timber Systems UK in August 2011. He has over 25 years experience in the sector, starting his career with Walker Homes before becoming Chief Architect at Beazer Homes. He spent two years with Stewart Milne Homes before joining Stewart Milne Timber Systems, becoming Technical Director and later Managing Director for 5 years, where he led the Scottish timber frame industry into large panel safe crane erection which is now the industry norm. In 2006 he was appointed Managing Director of Stewart Milne Homes Central Scotland where he has spearheaded development growth and delivered business improvement over the past 5 years.
Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA), has played an active part in the construction industry for the past 36 years. Most of this time has been spent with Forticrete, part of the international CRH Group, working in sales, marketing and business development roles, as well as focussing on best practice and change management issues. He started working with Construction Excellence in 1998, first as a volunteer Board Member and as chairman of their national ‘Best Practice’ Club Network, before going on to work for the organisation on a full time basis as Business Development Director responsible for Membership, Marketing, Communications & Events, before then acting in a consultancy role until taking up his current role.
Andrew became chief executive of the UKTFA in January 2011, bringing a wealth of knowledge, contacts and experience to the role, as well as a passion for sustainable construction, collaborative working and the development of best practice techniques.
Today, Andrew continues in his advisory role with Construction Excellence, as well as sitting on the Board of the Housing Forum and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He will also be a judge at the Construction Marketing Awards & Timber in Construction Awards later this year, as well as sitting on the organising committee of the CIOB/CESW South West Build Environmental Awards.
Outside of work, Andrew is a well-known fixture on the South West entertainment circuit, both as an active thespian in amateur dramatics and as a DJ, which he has been doing since he was 18. As well as being a qualified referee, Andrew is a season ticket holder at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium, witnessing his team’s up and downs over the years.
Bob got his first taste of the potential for the growth and development of the Timber Frame industry way back in the early 80’s and he quickly recognized the excellent potential business opportunity that timber frame manufacturing could offer.
In April 1989, Bob established his own company, Scotframe Timber Engineering Limited. His small team were originally based at modest premises in Aberdeen, but not for long. Due to the steady growth of the business and to meet customer demand, Bob made the decision to move to custom built premises in Inverurie a few miles North of Aberdeen in 1992 where they have remained ever since.
In 2000 they acquired a timber frame manufacturing company in Cumbernauld near Glasgow and with their new closed panel product Val-U-Therm, continue to expand their portfolio of customers and projects throughout the UK.
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