Three new members elected to BMF Board

Published:  02 May, 2017

Andrew Harrison of Travis Perkins, Shanker Patel of Lords Group and Ian Haldane of the Haldane Shiells Group have been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 July, 2017.

They replace Stewart Pierce of Parker Building Supplies and Stephen Thompstone of Wyckham Blackwell, who retire by rotation having each served two three year terms of office, and Nikki Mortimer who resigned from the board on leaving GPH Builders Merchants.

Andrew Harrison, a member of Travis Perkins’ Group Executive Committee, has been group commercial and Business development director since January 2017. He joined the Group in 1999 following its acquisition of Sharpe & Fisher and has served in senior roles throughout the Group.

Shanker Patel has been chief executive officer of the Lords Group since 2010. He joined the family-owned business in the 1990s and has been instrumental in growing the group’s turnover to over £50m.

Ian Haldane is group managing director of The Haldane Shiells Group, which trades as Haldane Fisher in Ireland and the Isle of Man and GE Robinson in England. He is the third generation of the family in the business, which now has over 475 employees and a turnover of £100m.

Peter Hindle, chairman of the BMF, said: “We are delighted to welcome three excellent representatives of the Federation’s broad membership to the Board. The range of experience they collectively offer will be extremely valuable as we move forward.”

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, added: “I am looking forward to working with the new Board members, but I would also like to add my personal thanks to those who are stepping down, particularly Stewart and Stephen. Both have been on the Board since I joined the BMF in 2012 and I have valued their advice and support throughout my first five years with the Federation.”

Picture caption: Ian Haldane, group managing director of The Haldane Shiells Group, is one of three new people to be elected to the Board of the BMF.

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