BMF adds new membership services director

Published:  29 June, 2015

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed Richard Ellithorne as membership services director.

Mr Ellithorne is the permanent replacement for the BMF’s long-standing federation secretary, Peter Matthews, who will retire this week.

He has extensive senior management experience at membership services organisations, most recently as operations director at the Road Haulage Association, where he worked on improving business partner arrangements, launched new training services for members and helped increase membership recruitment.

Following business development roles with major distribution companies, Mr Ellithorne was head of information forums & influence with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

Mr Ellithorne said: "I am both pleased and excited to be joining the BMF and look forward to working with John Newcomb and the rest of the team. My main focus will be developing new commercial opportunities and adding to the BMF’s wide-ranging portfolio of member services."

He will initially work alongside Dennis Smith, who will be retained as a BMF consultant throughout July and August.

BMF managing director John Newcomb said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to the BMF team. His experience of working with one of the UK’s biggest trade associations and a professional body with members in more than thirty countries will undoubtedly add a new dimension to our thinking in designing an even better service offer to support our members.”

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