Brexit webinars – programmes and speaker profiles

Brexit webinars | programmes and speaker profiles

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 17 November 2020

To help members of the UK timber supply chain prepare for Brexit, as well as EU firms supplying the UK, the Timber Trade Federation is hosting two webinars next week for these two audiences.

Sign up now to take part in our online event on Tuesday 24 November, ‘Brexit and the Timber Supply Chain’, which will focus on the regulatory, operational and market impact of Brexit.

Suppliers to the UK from the EU are invited to attend a second online event on Wednesday 25 November, ‘Supplying the UK Timber Industry’, which can be accessed here.

Brexit and the timber supply chain

Time: Tuesday 24 November | 14:00-16:30 (GMT)

Description: Build your understanding of the flow of timber between the UK and the EU, as well as the regulatory, operational and market impact of Brexit in the UK.

This webinar is primarily for UK merchants, manufacturers, and agents working in the UK timber industry.

Programme

REGULATORY IMPACT [14:00 – 14:45]

Timber Trade Federation, Nick Boulton (Head of Technical and Trade) [30min]

Office for Product Safety and Standards, Deanne Hughes, and Adrian Hawkes (Environmental Enforcement & Compliance Team Manager, and Enforcement Team Leader) [15min]

OPERATIONAL IMPACT [14:45 – 15:15]

Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber) with Associated British Ports, Dafydd Williams

MARKET IMPACT [15:15 – 16:00]

Construction Products Association, Noble Francis (Economics Director)

DISCUSSION [16:00 – 16:30]

Speaker Profiles

Head of Technical and Trade at the Timber Trade Federation, Nick Boulton

With more than four decades of experience in the timber industry, Nick Boulton is an expert on the timber trade able to talk on technical standards, international trade and the UK policy environment. Amidst the rapidly shifting trade environment, he has become the UK timber industry’s go-to source for up to date information on issue such as Plant Health, CE marking, and Commodity Codes, as well as a pivotal connection between government, the UK timber industry and EU suppliers.

Environmental Enforcement & Compliance Team Manager for the Office for Product Safety & Standards, Deanne Hughes

An expert in enforcement and investigation, as well as intelligence, Deanne has been with the Office for Product Safety & Standards for almost nine years, and an integral member of the regulatory landscape overseeing EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) in the UK. Now she continues in this role to oversee the transition, monitoring, and enforcement of UK Timber Regulations which will come into force on 1 January 2021 in place of EUTR.

Enforcement Team Leader for the Office for Product Safety & Standards, Adrian Hawkes

Adrian Hawkes has worked at the Office for Product Safety and Standards since September 2018 and leads the team responsible for enforcing the Timber Regulations. Adrian also coordinates and presents at workshops and other awareness raising activities to support businesses to comply with the regulations.

Adrian Hawkes

Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber) with Associated British Ports, Dafydd Williams

As the head of external and internal communications for the Yorkshire and Humber Region, as well as all corporate and policy issues, Dafydd is the key lead on all partnerships, influencing, and public affairs engagement, and the primary media spokesperson for Humber, the UK’s biggest port complex, which handles 17% of UK trade.

Economics Director of the Construction of Products Association (CPA), Noble Francis

Noble’s credentials are first class as he is the Economics Director at the Construction Products Association (CPA). He has a Masters Degree in Economics and a PhD in Applied Econometrics, along with over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. Him and his team produces the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. His work is regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio. In 2018, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.

Supplying the UK timber industry

Time: Wednesday 25 November | 14:00-15:30 (CET), 13:00-14:30 (GMT)

Description: Learn the practical steps of how the movement of timber will change from 1 January 2021, and what UK companies may ask for from a due diligence perspective, supported by case studies from both the UK and the EU on how they are preparing for this change.

This webinar is primarily for EU suppliers to the UK timber industry.

Programme

INTRO [13:00 PM]

CUSTOMS PROCEDURES, DUTY RATES, CE MARKING, PLANT HEALTH, AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Timber Trade Federation, Nick Boulton (Head of Technical and Trade) [30min]

WOOD PACKAGING AND ISPM15

UK Timber Pallet and Packaging Federation, John Dye (President) [15min]

UK TIMBER REGULATION

Office for Product Safety and Standards, Adrian Hawkes (Enforcement Team Lead) [20min]

UK AND EU BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE – CURRENT MEASURES AND CHALLENGES

EU sawmill representative, TBA [15min]
Binderholz, Mark Probert (UK Director) [10min]

SUMMARY DISCUSSION AND Q&A

Speaker Profiles

Head of Technical and Trade at the Timber Trade Federation, Nick Boulton

With more than four decades of experience in the timber industry, Nick Boulton is an expert on the timber trade able to talk on technical standards, international trade and the UK policy environment. Amidst the rapidly shifting trade environment, he has become the UK timber industry’s go-to source for up to date information on issue such as Plant Health, CE marking, and Commodity Codes, as well as a pivotal connection between government, the UK timber industry and EU suppliers.

Technical and Industry Affairs Director and President of the Timber Pallet and Packaging Confederation, John Dye

John has more than 20 years experience in the timber packaging and pallets as the product development manager at Scott Pallets, and for the past 16 years has lead the sector as president of the UK Timber Pallet and Packaging Confederation TIMCON. As a wood sector specialist, John is an expert on the whole wood packaging supply chain – from raw materials through to manufacture, and recycling in its various forms. He is also the wood representative for wood on the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) and had two terms on the NWPCA Board of Directors USA Pallet Association.

Environmental Enforcement & Compliance Team Manager for the Office for Product Safety & Standards, Deanne Hughes

An expert in enforcement and investigation, as well as intelligence, Deanne has been with the Office for Product Safety & Standards for almost nine years, and an integral member of the regulatory landscape overseeing EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) in the UK. Now she continues in this role to oversee the transition, monitoring, and enforcement of UK Timber Regulations which will come into force on 1 January 2021 in place of EUTR.

Enforcement Team Leader for the Office for Product Safety & Standards, Adrian Hawkes

Adrian Hawkes has worked at the Office for Product Safety and Standards since September 2018 and leads the team responsible for enforcing the Timber Regulations. Adrian also coordinates and presents at workshops and other awareness raising activities to support businesses to comply with the regulations.

Adrian Hawkes

Director of Skogsindustrierna, Mathias Fridholm

Mathias Fridholm has been working in the Swedish sawmilling industry for 25 years. Currently he holds the position as Director for Swedish Wood. Swedish Wood is a trade organization for Swedish sawmills. About 70% of the sawn timber production in Sweden is exported and UK is the biggest export market.

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Head of UK Sales for Binderholz, Mark Probert

Mark Probert is the Chairman of the Western Timber Trade Association, and since 2016 has been leading on Binderholz and Klenk products in the UK and Irish Markets. He is proud to play a small part in the sustained growth and success of the family owned company as they continue to invest in new and modern methods of manufacture, engineering and distribution.

Want to find out more about Brexit?

Make sure to visit our Brexit and the Timber Industry Hub, where we have free resources going over the many ways these significant changes in the relationship between the EU and the UK may affect your business.

This hub includes information on CE Marking, Plant Health, VAT, UK Timber Regulations, and much more. You can also download our free guide, Brexit; preparing for 1 January 2021, as pictured.

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We have updated the TTF Brexit Guide to help businesses prepare for 1 January 2021.

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