Wood Protection Association announces new management structure

The Wood Protection Association (WPA) board has been reorganised in a bid to strengthen its leadership team, following a review of the association’s ability to serve a growing demand for its services and expertise.

Under the new structure, which comes into effect on 1 October 2018, Gordon Ewbank becomes chief executive officer (CEO), heading up the leadership team, with overall responsibility for all external activities, technical and regulatory affairs, as well as being the association’s spokesman.

Former director of operations and company secretary Steve Young becomes chairman of the WPA board with executive responsibility for corporate governance, reputation management and communications strategy. Former WPA chairman Chris Coggins puts his unrivalled wood protection expertise to work as the association’s new standards and quality director.

Janet Sycamore, who joined the WPA board in July this year, becomes company secretary. Based at the WPA’s office in Castleford, she is responsible for member and management services supported by Caroline Hewison.

“Demand for wood is growing strongly, opening up opportunities for wood protection technology. I am delighted to be heading up the WPA’s team focused on promoting the quality products and processes that help to make the most of wood as a sustainable construction and landscaping material,” said Ewbank.

Steve Young said that the interests of WPA members lay at the heart of the board’s decision to reorganise and strengthen its executive team. He added: “Fire protection and preservative treated wood quality are the two big issues of our time and likely to demand attention for the foreseeable future.

“With the timber supply chain turning increasingly to WPA as a centre of excellence on technical and regulatory matters, quality assurance and buyer education, the board has put in place a leadership team that makes the most of our expertise and better serves the interests of our growing membership.”

Main picture – The WPA’s leadership team, pictured left to right: Janet Sycamore, company secretary; Steve Young, executive chairman; Gordon Ewbank, chief executive officer and Chris Coggins, standards & quality director.

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