TDUK’s annual AGM and Members Meeting set out to inspire, with a strong governance structure supported by members and recent activities celebrated through a whirlwind tour.
The AGM and Members Meeting was an opportunity to vote on the governance of TDUK, approve formal papers, network, and hear from the team about their activities to support the timber supply chain.
Following his re-election as chair of Timber Development UK, Chris Sutton, spoke on his pride in all that had been accomplished since the merger of the Timber Trade Federation and TRADA.
“At the TDUK board strategy day in September 2022, we spoke about our plan to create an operation that supports and adds value for all our members in every part of the supply chain.
“We aim to continue to develop our offerings to make it easier for people to buy, sell, specify, and use timber products via TDUK members. In effect we are investing in the future of timber.
“It’s my delight to be able to continue in my role, and support the continued growth of the timber supply chain.”
The Board would like to thank all voting members, who decided all existing directors from Timber Development UK would be retained for another year by unanimous decision.
Following the AGM, members of the TDUK team provided a snapshot of our activities both past, present and future to fulfill our missions to:
- CONNECT THE SUPPLY CHAIN | By bringing together the largest supply chain body in the UK, spanning from sawmill to specifier, and all points in between.
- LEAD BEST PRACTICE | By building the largest, comprehensive online library of technical specification and design guidance for our members.
- ACCELERATE A LOW-CARBON FUTURE | By creating the tools, training, and guidance to support the sustainable timber supply chain to lead as a net zero industry.
Members were treated to presentations from our team, including:
- David Hopkins – talking on our vision to increase the value of the timber supply chain, from sawmiller to specifier and policy to product.
- Jack Clappen – explaining our policy work to introduce limits on embodied carbon, support housing procurement, and increase labour supply.
- Matthew Milton – who went through our latest publication Timber Typologies, our magazine Designing Timber, and our new knowledge library.
- Steve Bertasso – showcasing the incredible work from NMITE on the first UK equivalent CPD directly addressing timber in construction.
- Nick Boulton – discussing the business intelligence available from TDUK with new dashboards which allow members to explore the market.
- Lucy Bedry – highlighting our work to support the Wood Awards, which celebrates the incredible work being created in the industry.
- Bryony Bodimeade – revealing how we are sharing learnings via case studies and webinars which discuss project, produce and performance.
- Liam Macandrew – unveiling our incoming members directory, which is set to become a powerful B2B engine for the timber supply chain.
- Jennie Ward – exhibiting our supply chain focused magazine, Supplying Timber, as well as launching our new Merchant Guide to Selling Timber.
- Laura Qualters EISM – our newest colleague, discussing our programme to engage with our supply members and regions.
- Xiao Ma – who was onsite as our sustainability manager to talk on how our responsible purchasing policy is supporting members.
- Jonathan Gutierrez – who was on hand to help our members to connect with our digital offerings and make the most of their benefits.
While not all members of our team could attend, their invaluable contributions were also highlighted, including from:
- Tabitha Binding – particularly her work on the University Design Challenge, which is set to culminate in a live judging event on 14 July 2023.
- Charlie Law – who lead a coalition of 13 associations to develop a roadmap for the timber industry to reach net zero.
Both are now free for download by members.
A huge thanks is also to be given to Karen Sussex and Martin Paine for running such an incredible and inspirational event at the Swan at the Globe.