The committee of 12 is made up of both elected and appointed members, covering all the major roofing categories.

Members of the newly reconstituted Roofing Suppliers Group were unveiled at its annual suppliers’ conference held at the Institute of Directors on Thursday 23 September.

The RSG plays an important role within NFRC, providing strategic direction and input into the Management Board on behalf of its Supplier Members. The committee of 12 is made up of both elected and appointed members, covering all the major roofing categories. The reconstitution of the group follows a recent election, where a record number of 19 members put themselves forward for a position.

The newly formulated group hopes to support ongoing supply chain communication and engagement on product availability and pricing, as well as supporting the industry with new challenges around meeting net zero and digitisation, as well as building and product safety.

The following were successfully appointed to the RSG:

  • Andy Williamson—SIG (Chairman)
  • Richard Aldred—Sika
  • Nigel Blacklock—Bauder
  • Robert Hardstaff—EJOT UK
  • Mark Harris—Radmat Building Products
  • Kevin Jones—Metal Solutions
  • Paul Reed—Marley
  • Barry Saltmarsh—Spanish Slate Quarries
  • Paul Simpson—Recticel Insulation
  • John Sinfield—BMI UK & Ireland
  • John Spittlehouse—Euroclad Group
  • Colin Wells—Keylite Roof Windows

Williamson is well known to many in the industry, having spent over 30 years as a supplier to the construction sector and was previously Managing Director of IKO PLC. He joined SIG in June 2020 as part of a new management team with a focus on improving relationships with customers and suppliers alike.

Williamson is also currently the Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants and is due to take over as Master in October. As well as sitting on the RSG, he has previously been a Director of the Builders Merchant Federation and has sat on the Construction Products Association Industry Principles Council.

“As Chairman of the RSG, I look forward to working with all suppliers, as well as the NFRC Board, to discuss the current challenges being experienced by all in the supply chain and facilitate a better understanding of how everyone can work better together," he said.

“I also plan to look at future trends and opportunities in the sector to ensure we are ahead of the game. This includes important changes in legislation that are on the horizon, new initiatives such as the Code for Construction Product Information, and supporting our industry its transition to net zero.”

Steve Laurence, NFRC’s National Account Manager—Suppliers and Service Providers, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all those who have been appointed to the RSG. It was an incredibly competitive process with 19 suppliers putting themselves forward. I look forward to working with Andy and the rest of the committee to ensure good dialogue between NFRC Supplier and Trade Members."