The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed Hannah Mansell as scheme manager for the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset scheme and as spokesperson for the Fire Door Safety Week, which takes place in September.
She replaces John Fletcher at BWF-CERTIFIRE who has retired after almost 20 years’ involvement with the scheme.
Currently the BWF’s technical liaison manager, Mansell has worked for both large and small companies and has extensive knowledge of manufacturing, developing and testing of joinery products and providing engineering support and project management solutions.
She said: “Following the dreadful fire safety errors and tragedies we have seen over the last few years, there can be absolutely no let-up in our work to raise awareness of the importance of specifying, installing and maintaining high quality, properly certificated fire doors in all buildings. I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to drive the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme’s work forward and to grow its reach and influence.”
Iain McIlwee, BWF chief executive, praised outgoing John Fletcher for his role in helping to create the scheme and said he had “no doubt that the scheme will continue to build very rapidly under Hannah’s leadership”.
He added: “Hannah’s skills, knowledge and experience of the joinery industry is an invaluable support for BWF members and all our stakeholders.”
Mansell will also become scheme manager for the BWF’s new Heritage and Conservation Joinery Group, and for the BWF Stair Scheme, the only stair accreditation and certification scheme of its kind in the UK which works to raise awareness of timber stair standards, to give recognition accreditation to high quality stair manufacturers and to improve safety.