Barbara Richmond, group finance director of British housebuilder Redrow plc, has been added to the line-up of keynote speakers for the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Members’ Day in September.
Richmond, who joined the Redrow Board in January 2010 shortly after founder Steve Morgan returned after a nine year break, has a background in both manufacturing and retail.
She has performed Group FD roles at a number of UK listed companies including Inchcape plc, Croda International PLC and Whessoe plc. She is currently a non-executive director of Lonza Limited, the CHF8.5bn market cap Chemicals and Biotech business.
BMF MD, John Newcomb, said: “I’m delighted that Barbara has agreed to speak on behalf of one of the country’s most successful housebuilders.
“Redrow aims to be the developer of choice for customers, colleagues, landowners, suppliers, subcontractors and investors – an aim that fits perfectly with our theme for this year’s Members’ Day, People, Purpose and Passion.”
The BMF also confirmed a bonus Members’ Day session on the increasingly important role played by its special interest groups. This session will see no less than four speakers engaging with the audience.
Wolseley’s Keith Jones, the Vice-Chair of the BMF Plumbing and Heating Sector, Gary Froggatt of Howarth Timber and Chair of the BMF Timber Forum, Jamie Pierce of Parker Building Supplies and Catnic’s Victoria Fiddies, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of BMF Young Merchants will each give a short presentation on the work of these groups, followed by a 10 minute Q&A from the floor.
“The BMF actively supports the interests of specialist merchants, as well as those in the early years of their career and also our supplier members,” said Newcomb.
“This session will give delegates an insight into the valuable work of two recent Forum initiatives, in Plumbing & Heating and Timber, as well as our revitalised Young Merchants group, and an opportunity to discover the benefits of participating.”
BMF Members’ Day takes place on 16th & 17th September at Carden Park Golf Resort & Spa near Chester. The event combines informal networking opportunities, a black-tie Awards Dinner, informative business sessions with thought-provoking guest speakers and the BMF’s AGM.
It is supported by headline sponsor, ACO Academy, golf tournament sponsor, Monument Tools, and two new supporters, Marsh Industries who are sponsoring the Awards Dinner and First Event who are sponsoring the country pursuits challenge experience.