Peter Hindle MBE will take up the position as chairman of the BMF in April.

Peter Hindle MBE to chair the BMF

Published:  30 January, 2014

Peter Hindle MBE will be the next chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), taking up the position on 2 April.

Mr Hindle, who has worked in the industry for 43 years, said: “I have been in merchanting all my working life and it’s given me an enormously rewarding career. For some time at Saint-Gobain I’ve worked to give something back – whether this is through the work we’ve done to make the industry more attractive to younger people or launching our charity Together partnership back in 2002. So when the BMF board approached me to take this role, I was pleased to accept.

“The BMF has changed considerably over the last five years and I’m very happy with the route it is taking. John Newcomb is doing a great job as managing director and my role is to help the BMF develop to meet current and future challenges. It now has a very strong membership base and I’m keen to see it develop further. The aim must be for the vast majority of merchants - whether national or independent - to join, so that the BMF really can speak as the voice of the industry. We are all working on the same playing field with the same rules and regulations for all, and our representation will be stronger together rather than working apart.”

Speaking for the BMF board, Stewart Pierce said: “We are delighted that Peter Hindle is taking on the chairmanship of the BMF; we have found an excellent successor to Terry Parker. The depth and breadth of Peter's experience gives him a unique understanding of the history and evolution of our industry and the challenges and opportunities that face us today. He not only has a vast knowledge of the merchanting industry, but his current role at Saint-Gobain gives him a great insight into manufacturing, which is a huge advantage when you consider that almost one third of the BMF’s members are suppliers.

“Peter’s level of experience has also given him a wide range of expertise and insight about the workings of our industry, which is increasingly important to the BMF as we seek to influence dialogue with government over policies affecting the industry.”

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, is looking forward to working with Mr Hindle. He said: “Peter is one of the industry’s best known and respected figures, something that was acknowledged by a Lifetime Achievement Award last year. I can’t think of anyone better to help the BMF move forward and I will value his support in the coming months and years.”

One area where Mr Hindle is keen to get involved straightaway is the BMF’s forthcoming Youth Recruitment Campaign. He said: “For some time I have been working to make our industry more attractive to young people starting out in work. I am very keen to continue this and develop the merchant profile and attract even more young people to join the industry.

“I started at the age of 16 but today there are very few 16 to 19 year olds entering the industry. We need to get the message across to schools and colleges who really aren’t aware of what a rewarding, diverse and challenging career merchanting can offer. It is something close to my heart and if John thinks I can help, I’m more than happy to contribute to the campaign.”

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