The BMF has appointed Matt Haines as regional manager for the West Midlands, North West and North Wales, with effect from 15 August 2016.

Mr Haines' appointment means the BMF now has five regional managers working with members throughout the country. He will play a key role in rolling out the BMF's localisation strategy, strengthening the organisation's regional presence and support for members.

He has extensive experience across the merchanting industry, having started his career with Sharpe and Fisher before moving on to management roles at Harcros Timber, Wolseley and SIG.

BMF managing director John Newcomb said: "Matt's appointment completes the reorganisation and expansion of our regional management team, with five highly experienced managers on the ground. Our localisation programme will also see the creation of several Centres of Excellence around the country, providing further support for members close to home."