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TTF & TRADA unveil new timber trade body

The Governing Boards of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) have announced the formal and legal completion of a merger to form a new entity, Timber Development UK (TDUK).

TTF and TRADA will continue to operate during 2021 as separate entities, owned by Timber Development UK, while services and outputs are integrated and agreed under a common management plan. The combined organisation will have a base of over 1500 members, stretching from forest owners through to architects and specifiers.

This merger facilitates coordinated promotional activities aimed at enabling and enhancing the specification and use of timber products. The creation of a ‘whole supply chain’ organisation, from sawmill to specifier, will also help expand the political voice and market impact of the timber sector in the UK. Members of both organisations will continue to receive relevant services, whilst additionally benefitting from increased exposure to customers and suppliers, amplified dialogue and understanding across the supply chain, and from the wider marketing potential created as the two organisations start to integrate.

The announcement comes following the inaugural Board meeting of the newly merged organisation on March 17th 2021. This meeting saw the appointment of a balanced Board of directors of TD UK comprised of former members of the TRADA and TTF Boards.

Chris Sutton, formerly the chair of the steering committee leading the merger talks, was appointed Acting Chairman of TDUK at the meeting. This appointment is due to be formally recognised at the AGM in June. Charles Hopping, former President of the TTF, and Nick Milestone, Chair of TRADA, will both retain a seat on the Board of TDUK to ensure continuity and fair representation for the interests of both organisations. A full list of the Board members is provided on the TTF web pageabout the merger for our members.

There is now an overarching Board of Directors for TDUK, bolstered by the TRADA Advisory Board, which sets the agenda for activities within TRADA; and the Trading Services Board, oversees timber trading matters and activities. The Trading Services Board comprises the heads of the current TTF product divisions and regional associations which sat on the TTF Governing Board. The activities of both organisations will thus be clearly overseen and integrated, while greater dialogue and interaction will be facilitated throughout the supply chain.

This merger allows far greater dialogue and collaboration throughout the supply chain and helps us to continue our mission to grow the use of wood. It helps solidify the close working relationship which already exists between the two organisations, as well as strengthening the collaborative partnerships we have with fellow trade associations in the wider timber-using sector, including with the Structural Timber Association (STA) Wood Protection Association (WPA), Swedish Wood, Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and others.

It’s exciting that we will be putting this into practice as the country, hopefully, starts to open up again. A Timber Development UK website will be developed in due course. In meantime, please refer to ttf.co.uk and trada.co.uk for more information.

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