Nigel Deamer has been appointed national president of the Painting and Decorating Association.
Mr Deamer has worked in the decorating industry since leaving school, running his own business, Nigel Deamer Painter and Decorator, for 35 years.
Joining the York branch more than 14 years ago, he has a long association with the PDA, and has held previous roles including branch secretary and North East regional president.
Mr Deamer said: "The main focus of my year in office will be raising the profile of the PDA and especially its logo. If someone sees the association's logo on a van, it should be instantly recognisable as being the mark of a qualified tradesman."
He takes over from outgoing president Neil Ogilvie.