Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation in March following the completion of his five-year term of office.
Parker has held roles as chairman, managing director and director in the merchant industry for nearly 30 years.
As BMF Chairman, he has overseen a radical transformation of the organisation including the sale of the BMF’s Soho Square HQ and the purchase of new offices in Coventry, the recruitment of John Newcomb as BMF MD and retention of key staff including Christine Harding and Peter Matthews in their respective roles despite the office move from London to Coventry.
Commenting on his term of office, Terry Parker said: “I am very pleased with the achievements of the team while I have been Chairman and feel confident I leave the BMF in a strong position both financially and organisationally. It has been a real challenge at times but an enjoyable few years, which I will look back on with a mixture of pride and satisfaction and a little regret that it has gone past so quickly.”
Speaking on behalf of the board, Stewart Pierce said: “Terry has done an excellent job in guiding the BMF through a period of considerable change. He leaves the chairmanship in the knowledge that the organisation not only represents its largest membership since 2009, but also the broadest range of members, and with an executive team, under John Newcomb, who have the skills and drive to support those members at every level.
“It has been no easy task to find someone to replace Terry and take the BMF onto its next phase of development, but we are now nearing the conclusion of that process and will be announcing his successor in the coming weeks.”
Parker’s other achievements as chairman include:
· A big increase in membership and influence, with over 400 merchants and suppliers now part of the BMF
· Developing the BMF’s training offer, which now extends from online product training at one end of the spectrum to a foundation degree in merchanting at the other
· Outsourcing the BMF apprentice scheme to specialist company, Didac Ltd & outsourcing the BMF’s finance function
· Simplifying and reducing membership fees