Ridgeons, the independent timber and builders merchant, in the East of England, has wished timber specialist Graham Skillen, farewell following his retirement after 20 years with the family-owned firm.
Skillen joined Ridgeons Forest Products in 1995 as a softwood and hardwood buyer. During his time at Ridgeons, he represented the business at a number of timber bodies and associations, including the East Anglian Timber Trade Association (EATTA), the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Combined Buying Association (CBA) and Fortis Timber committee. Last year, Skillen was also made Fellow of IOM3, a prestigious honour recognising his significant contribution to the timber trade.
Prior to joining Ridgeons he worked as a member of the editorial staff on Timber Trades Journal, and purchasing manager at Wheelers, as well as a number of managerial roles at Powell Duffryn Timber.
Skillen said: ‘In a long career, nearly half of which was spent at Ridgeons, I have seen a lot of changes and advancements in the timber industry. I am particularly proud of Ridgeons’ achievements over the years I have been there and although I’ll no longer be part of the team I look forward to seeing the business further develop in the future.”
Director Gordon Ridgeon, said: “Graham has a long-standing reputation for his remarkable knowledge, long service, hard work, and his commitment to go the extra mile.”
Amanda Smith, Non-Exec Family Director, said “On behalf of the Ridgeon family, directors and all the staff at Ridgeons, I would like to thank Graham for his service over the last 20 years and wish him a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”
Jem Slee, General Manager said, “Pete Wittish, who has 21 years’ experience within the Timber Trade is a truly worthwhile successor to Graham and he will continue to grow Ridgeons Forest Products following the same principles that have served the Company so well over the Years.”