New BWF president promises greater access

25 July 2013

The man who was responsible for introducing free member places at the British Woodworking Federations (BWF’s) Member Day this year says he plans to increase opportunities for all members to get involved in policy development during his tenure as the organisation’s president.

David Pattenden, who has served on the BWF’s councils since 2005, and has been vice president since 2011, has moved up to be president, while Robin Baker and Jon Gorf have joined as directors.

Pattenden, who set up is Westgate Joinery and Hailsham Joinery 23 years ago, came up with the idea of making a free place available to all members at Member’s Day for the first time this year.

This year’s event included master classes and keynote speakers offering advice and support to BWF members on a wide range of critical legislative, technical and operational issues.

Pattenden said: “Making this day free to members was very important to me. There should be no barrier for members to get involved and benefit fully from the great work BWF does. Engagement with members is the theme of my presidency. Each and every firm will get even greater value from their membership of the BWF and will have the opportunity to add their voice and shape the joinery industry of the future.

BWF chief executive Iain McIlwee said: “Under David’s leadership, the council and staff have a clear strategy to ensure the BWF is a strong, authoritative voice working for a profitable industry. We are member-led, guided by close contact and consultation with the membership.

He added that the organisation was introducing a new consultation and campaigns area on its website.