The UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) has elected Lawrence Young as its chairman, on a two-year tenure.

With more than thirty years’ involvement in the construction industry, Mr Young takes up his post with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the construction industry. Lawrence is co-owner and director of Young Black, a fastening company which is a supplier to the timber frame and construction market. He has also sat on various committees of the UKTFA over the last five years, including the association’s membership, quality and PR & Marketing committees.

Mr Young's appointment marks the first time that a non-manufacturer has held the position of chairman of the UKTFA, with a special modification to the Association’s charter needed to allow the appointment to take place.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr Young said: “I am very proud to have been elected to this position and am pleased to be taking up my post as chairman of the UKTFA at such an exciting time for the timber frame industry. With zero carbon targets to meet and the government embracing efficient offsite build methods, there has never been a better time to be driving timber forward.

“My ambitions for my time as chairman include expanding the association to involve other structural timber groups; increasing the market for member companies, and increasing the differentiation between members and non-member companies. The Association and the sector are on a journey of growth and evolution. I look forward to working with our members and engaging key stakeholders to increase market share.”

Educated at Strathclyde University, Mr Young began his career in pharmaceutical production, before going into business with his brother-in-law to form Young Black in 1979.