TTF AGM 2018: Never has “Upholding the Very Highest Standards” been more relevant to all of us
As the sun streamed down on London, Members relished in the warmth by flocking to Mary Ward House’s garden for the AGM lunch. Sandwiches were consumed and drinks were enjoyed as everyone caught up before the start of the meeting.
TTF Managing Director, David Hopkins, kick started the meeting by recounting the TTF’s journey over the past year. With new staff, through to the “Timber You Can Trust” campaign & other events throughout 2017 this has proved a triumphant year, not only for the TTF, but also for its Members.
Through the CTI the TTF have successfully worked with the Government, discussing environmental matters. With the support of Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, the Government is now committed to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” whatever happens with Brexit. The chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Nicky Morgan, is also looking at the broader impact of Brexit customs changes to our industry.
The TTF is continuing to develop the “Timber you can Trust” campaign throughout 2018, with a heavier focus on helping customers react to a changing market. After Member feedback there will be more targeted events, including the Fire Treatment Seminar in September, and the Wood Panels Conference in November.
Members at the AGM were also treated to a sneak preview of the TTF’s new website, which goes live in a few weeks. The TTF thanked Joe and Marie from Winona E-solutions, special guests at the AGM, for their help in designing and developing the new site. We would like to remind Members to send their logos and text accompanying their new Member Page to Ellie Chapman if they haven’t yet done so, as this will make your page more distinctive and appear more professional.
Charles Hopping, TTF President, praised Keith Fryer for Keith’s tremendous work during his time as President, before concluding the meeting with this statement: “I’m going to finish on a very sombre note. Exactly one year ago today 71 people lost their lives in the fire at Grenfell Tower. Since then we’ve been made increasingly aware of how a “a problem connected both to the culture of the construction industry and the effectiveness of the regulators” (Hackitt) allowed that to happen. Never has the second part of Keith’s strapline [from last year’s AGM] “Upholding the Very Highest Standards” been more relevant to all of us.”
The TTF was delighted to be joined by so many Members and special guests last week and thanks everyone for another remarkable year.
More photos from the AGM can be found here.
Read the report of the AGM by the Timber Trades Journal here.
TTF Members can download the AGM presentation here.