“Fresh voice” for PEFC UK board with appointment of Elisabeth Piveteau

13 January 2017

A senior figure from one France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers has been appointed as a new industry member to PEFC’s UK board.

The appointment of Elisabeth Piveteau, UK and Ireland export manager at PiveteauBois, is expected to bring a “fresh voice”, as well as “invaluable” knowledge of the European timber supply chain and issues around sustainable forestry.

PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors, and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets.

The company is a family-run business and has over 65 years expertise of selecting the quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

Piveteau joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets.

She has previously worked at Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s joint fourth largest softwood producer alongside Austria.

“I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK,” said Piveteau. “Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing. I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.”

PEFC UK’s executive director Alun Watkins added: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK. We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”