The British Woodworking Federation has appointed a new CEO.

Helen Hewitt will be taking on the role, as former CEO Iain McIlwee stands down after seven years. She joined the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry as Membership Director and Wood Window Alliance Lead last year.

Hewitt said that she was looking forward to working with BWF members, the council and executive in developing the strategy which will build on the new Build it Better with Wood campaign, the BWF’s campaign to make wood the construction material of choice by celebrating its benefits in the built environment and promoting woodworking and joinery expertise.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to spearhead the BWF through this next phase.

“With wood delivering on so many levels and the sector boasting craftspeople and engineers of the highest calibre, the proliferation of wood in the built environment presents exciting opportunities for the construction sector. I have been truly humbled by the passion and pride the industry has for the products it produces and the people it employs.”

BWF President Sean Parnaby said: “We are delighted to have Helen on board, she has a strong track record in developing training and membership organisations in the materials supply chain and her commercial experience will help in directing the BWF through the next period as it naturally evolves.

“This is an exciting time for the BWF as we promote the UK’s exceptional woodworking skills and the many benefits of building with wood, and we are looking forward to the future.”