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Confederation of Timber Industries announces new Chair

Wood for Good

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After serving four years as Chair of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), Roy Wakeman OBE, has decided to leave his post to spend more time on his other interests, with fellow sector expert, Alex Goodfellow stepping into the role.

As a result of Roy’s stewardship the influence of the CTI as an advocacy group for timber has increased significantly, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries, reports like How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis’, and events bringing industry and politicians together strongly highlighting the status of timber as the material of the future. This means the CTI is poised to help the UK Government make construction more sustainable and move towards a zero-carbon economy.

Timber has a significant role to play in helping to decarbonise the structural fabric of new and existing homes, with every cubic metre of timber sequestering almost one tonne of carbon dioxide, and as a versatile material, it lends itself to Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), which can help the UK build homes quicker, and to higher quality - which is essential if the UK is to overcome the housing crisis.

Roy said, “I have spent more than 55 years in the wood processing industry starting out as a lad tallying and measuring timber for Montague L Meyer in their Hull base. In all that time I have not lost the passion nor drive for the material and I am pleased beyond doubt to see that at last we have moved the issue to the top of the agenda. I wish the organization and colleagues every success in their quest for an even wider awareness of the unique advantages and selling points of the material in the construction, building, home improvement and consumer markets.” 

Roy has been elected President of the British Woodworking Federation three times, is a Member of the Institute of Wood Science, as well as a member of the Institute of Materials and Fellow of the RSA. He was awarded the OBE in 2012 for his services to the Joinery Industry. 

Stepping into the role is Alex Goodfellow, Group Managing Director, Strategic Development, of Stewart Milne Group. Alex has over 35-years’ experience of working within the housebuilding and offsite timber frame sector bringing vast and varied experience to the Chair role of the CTI, having previously serves as a Non-Executive Director.

Alex has been with Stewart Milne Group for over 20 years and has led the UK wide growth of their successful Timber Systems business. He is also Chair of the Strategy group, ensuring their House-building business is future-ready by leading the Product Design and Accelerated Build strategies as the business maximises the use of MMC to deliver sustainable long-term growth.

Well respected across the industry, Alex is a board member of the Structural Timber Association, having previously served as Chair, and Director of Offsite Solutions Scotland, an organisation established to grow offsite manufacture across the UK and internationally. His industry influence allows him to build innovative and collaborative relationships with many UK housebuilders and other industry influencers in the drive to ensure offsite timber manufacturing continues to provide an effective MMC solution to the housing crisis.

Alex said, “I look forward to driving forward the mission of the CTI and placing timber at the centre of a sustainable, vibrant and prosperous modern UK economy. It is more important than ever we work collaboratively to promote and protect the markets for, and interests of, timber and timber products and systems. Building in timber is a form of carbon capture and storage, and is essential to decarbonising construction. To make this happen we have a full calendar of engagements, political advocacy, market research, policy reports, and other events in the year ahead. Our many thanks to Roy for his hard work over the last four years to advance the interest of timber, and helping to secure a better, stronger future for our industry.”

Upcoming next month for the CTI is the relaunch of the APPG for the Timber Industries, with the inaugural Annual General Meeting coming up on Monday 28 June, together with a new #NetZeroNow campaign highlighting how timber can help the UK Government deliver on its economic, employment, housing, and climate targets now.

More information can be found at www.cti-timber.org.

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