When I was asked to take up the presidency of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for the third time in my career, my first thought was surely there must be younger, more eager candidates to take up the challenge? Where is the next generation of industry leaders?
It seems that my focus for this presidency term has been chosen for me, and that developing the next generation of thinkers and figureheads for our industry must become my top priority.
I have been involved with the BWF in various forms for the best part of 40 years. During that time I have seen it grow and change into the vital business advisory body it is today, lobbying Government on the big issues on the horizon while simultaneously supporting the survival and success of many hundreds of SMEs in woodworking, joinery, windows, stairs and related sectors.
Being involved with the BWF through these years has allowed my businesses to grow and prosper, and this should act as an inspirational case study to the members and potential members we have today. I’m aiming to encourage new blood to come through the ranks, helping the BWF to build the new future for the industry, our businesses and even more important our own success.
My main goal now is to inspire, enthuse and mentor the next generation to take a full and energetic role in the ongoing development of the industry and the BWF, the sub groups and taskforces that deal with technical, marketing and training issues. The future success of the woodworking industry lies in their hands and hearts, and nurturing them into the leaders of tomorrow is perhaps the most rewarding ambition I’ve ever had. I ultimately hope to grow future presidents to drive our great industry forward, and look forward to meeting you all along the way.
BWF President Roy Wakeman