Members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have elected Jan Etchells as their new national president at the annual general meeting, held virtually on 18 September
Jan Etchells, of Syntonic Kitchen Technicians Limited, and a long-term member of the FMB’s London Board, begins her two-year term as FMB president at a challenging time for the small and medium-sized (SME) building industry.
Alongside the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit uncertainty, there is also much to be positive about as the FMB turns 80 in 2021.
The FMB welcomes Etchells and looks forward to working with her to support members, champion the FMB badge of quality, and promote membership that makes a difference.
Etchells, who is the first woman to be appointed to the role, takes over from Arthur McArdle of Woodfield Building Services (Staffs) Limited.
Kevin Ireland of Delta Property (Cardiff) Ltd was elected national vice president.
A champion for SME builders
Jan Etchells, said: “I am extremely honoured to represent our membership and take on the role of FMB President at such an important time. I want to see our members thrive, and take pride in their FMB membership.
“I love our industry and really want to give everyone a chance to discover how great it is and the opportunities available.
“I want to be a champion of quality, and would love to help the next generation to choose construction as a career regardless of gender.”
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Jan Etchells over the next few years to take the FMB forward.
“The FMB has an ambitious three-year strategic plan to raise standards within the building industry and to act as the champion for SME builders.
“Jan is a passionate advocate for small builders and her election comes at a time when we need strong leadership during these uncertain times.”