Trade body board changes aim to build on drive for greener homes in Hucknall

A construction industry trade body, which represents members across Hucknall, is building on strong foundations with the appointment of two prominent business leaders to its board.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 5:13 pm

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has elected two new members, at a landmark moment in its history.

Frank Elkins, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins plc, and Lee Harwood, group finance director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd, will step into their new roles as the BMF prepares to play a key role in shaping the future of greener housing in Hucknall and across the UK.

Frank will take over from Andrew Harrison, who stepped down from the board after his retirement from Travis Perkins Plumbing & Heating.

Frank Elkins (left) and Lee Harwood have both joined the BMF board

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Frank brings a passion for developing customer experience and raising standards in health, safety and wellbeing as well as encouraging a more diverse group of young people into the sector.

Meanwhile, Lee will be the new honorary treasurer from June 1, replacing MKM’s Mark Smith after he retires next month.

A former Royal Navy officer, Lee qualified as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton and worked in a number of financial roles in the construction industry before he joined Bradfords Group in 2009, being appointed group finance director last year.

Richard Hill, BMF chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome two excellent representatives of the BMF’s broad membership to the board.

“The range of experience they offer will be extremely valuable as we move forward post-pandemic towards a low-carbon economy.”

The BMF is set to play a vital role in the national attempt to achieve net zero by 2050 through the National Retrofit Strategy set out by the Construction Leadership Council, which the trade body is a member of.

The strategy aims to improve existing housing stock to make homes greener by improving energy and water efficiency as well as making them warmer and cheaper to run.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “Our members in Hucknall provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes, to deliver significant improvements to air quality and energy use in their communities.

“I very much looking forward to working with the new board members in driving forward the low-carbon agenda.”