TDUK celebrates members excellence in inaugural awards

David Hopkins at the TDUK Awards 2023.

Outstanding contributions by Timber Development UK (TDUK) members to sustainability, diversity, and the timber community around the UK were recognised during the TDUK Annual Dinner 2023.

The awards, in their first year, seek to highlight the incredible efforts by members of the timber supply chain to improve outcomes for people and planet.

“Many of our members are doing incredible work to reduce carbon emissions, improve product quality, regional engagement, and support diversity and equality across the timber supply chain,” says Timber Development UK CE David Hopkins.

“Too often, these contributions are unnoticed. However, with these awards, we shine a light on these efforts. By recognising excellence in timber, and sharing these stories, we help support our industry to continue to grow, learn, and flourish.

“When we formed TDUK last year, we did so with three missions. To connect the supply chain, lead best practice, and accelerate a low-carbon future. Each of our winners – and all those nominated – are making an impact across these areas.

“This was our inaugural awards focused on the timber supply chain. We would like to thank everyone who entered, who all had outstanding stories to tell – we can’t wait to hear more about all of our members activities in the TDUK Awards 2024.”

Winners of the TDUK Awards in 2023 were:

Regional Association of the Year | EATTA | For going above and beyond to support and engage with members in their region, particularly in their efforts to support education and community across East Anglia.

Regional Member of the Year | Nick’s & Co (Timber) Ltd | Who were nominated by their regional associate peers for their outstanding – and lengthy – contributions, with this member business in the area for 168 years.

Equality & Diversity | Södra Wood Ltd | Södra was recognised for having a clear, ambitious inclusion policy which aims to change their own working culture and act as an inspiration to others – with targets and regular reporting.

Sustainability | James Jones & Sons | Were highlighted for their commendable ongoing work to minimise the environmental impact of their own operations – from electric trucks to carbon reporting – and to encourage and educate others in the industry.

Training & Apprenticeship | James Jones & Sons | Were recognised for their innovative Trainee Management Programme, which is helping support better careers in the timber industry with mentorship and promotional information.

Long Service | Steve Henry, Director KDM | Across more than 50 consecutive years in the timber trade, Steve has lead an industrious, respected, and diverse career, helping build international relationships and integrity across the supply chain.