The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), has welcomed a new Chair to its management board.
Managing Director at Bagnalls Group, Stephen Bagnall, has been elected to the key role at the national trade body.
The appointment follows a landmark year for Bagnalls, which celebrated its 145th anniversary in 2020.
Stephen Bagnall has served on the management board since it was introduced to the PDA in 2019 to give a voice to the different levels of membership the Association serves.
Each of the elected members of the board represent different sizes of business within the industry, from owner-led businesses and small companies to multi-million pound contractors such as Bagnalls.
Stephen Bagnall takes over the role of Chair from Managing Director at Ian Williams Ltd, Andrew Havard.
The other board members are Dess Cass, Martin Hillyard, Mark Parsons, Melvyn Pittaway, Robert Smith and Stuart Yates.
The board work alongside PDA Chief Executive, Neil Ogilvie and the team at the Association’s Nuneaton headquarters, to oversee a range of activities including promoting opportunities for new members, attracting new recruits into the industry and building membership value.
Neil Ogilvie said: “I’d like to thank Andrew for the hard work and dedication he has put into his year as Chair of the management board.
“It is an important role at the PDA, requiring experience, integrity and in-depth knowledge of the industry, with the needs of our members at its heart.
“Stephen is well known and respected across the construction sector and beyond, with Bagnalls Group being a long-standing and much valued member of the Association.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome him as our new Chair for 2021/22.”
Founded by Alfred Bagnall in 1875, Bagnalls Painting and Decorating was based in Shipley, Yorkshire – and the Bagnalls Group of Companies head office remains there today, with a further 16 branches across the UK.
Stephen Bagnall said: “I am delighted to accept the position of Chair of our management board for the coming year.
“In a year where many businesses will be looking to rebuild from the challenges presented by the epidemic, the board and I will continue to develop new services and benefits and will strive to deliver even greater value for money for professional painting and decorating enterprises in membership, whatever their size.”