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Richard Hill to succeed Peter Hindle MBE as BMF Chair

Published: 18 February 2020 - John King

After six years as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation, Peter Hindle MBE will stand down on the 31 March 2020.  He will be succeeded by Richard Hill.

Hindle has been instrumental in the strategic development of the trade association which has seen tremendous growth in membership, with numbers almost doubling during his tenure, and the financial health of the Federation assured. In particular, he championed Training and Development, the provision of accurate Market and Forecast Data, BMF Regional Centres of Excellence to promote networking and collaboration at a local level and increasing the BMF’s Political Representation in tandem with its growing member voice.

Hindle said: “It was an honour to be appointed in 2014 and I enjoyed great support from the membership for which I am very grateful.  While there have been challenges, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with John Newcomb, the BMF team, my fellow board directors and, of course, the members who I will miss.

“After a lifetime’s association with the builders’ merchant industry this will probably be my last standing down announcement and is made with a touch of sadness. But I feel confident that I leave the BMF in a strong position both financially and organisationally and I wish them every success as I pass on the mantle of Chairmanship to Richard Hill.”

Speaking on behalf of the BMF Board, Tim Rowbottom said: “Peter has done an excellent job in guiding the BMF through a period of significant change and transformation, helping to create an award-winning trade body able to support and represent the entire building materials supply chain.  The Board would like to express our sincere thanks to Peter and wish him every health and happiness.

“The Board is delighted to confirm Richard Hill’s appointment as chair from 1 April 2020. Richard has the breadth of experience and gravitas within the building materials industry to build on Peter’s achievements and ensure the BMF’s continued influence across the supply chain.”


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