New BPF President, David Hall (left), with Immediate Past President, Mike Boswell
David Hall, the Chief Executive of the Polypipe Group, has been elected as the new President of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) at the organisation's AGM. He succeeds Mike Boswell who has held the post since 2013.
An honours graduate in mechanical engineering, Hall brings with him many years experience at board level in the construction products sector of the plastics industry.
“I am honoured to take up this position,” Hall said after the official announcement was made. “Mike [Boswell] has done a fantastic job at a time when the association and industry was going through a period of great change. We are now settled and in a good position.”
Hall has acquired an in-depth experience of the BPF, having served as Vice-Chairman of the Federation since June 2014, as well as being a former President of the BPF's Plastics Pipes Group, as well as a former member of the Federation's Council, its supervisory body.
Outgoing President, Boswell, told delegates at the meeting that he was “incredibly impressed” by the new team in place since the retirement of Director-General, Peter Davis, and Finance and Administration Director, Alan Davey, in 2014.
Boswell said new Director-General, Philip Law, had brought “incredible skill and knowledge” to the role and made the BPF a “shining example of what a trade federation should be.”
Boswell highlighted the inroads the Federation has made into achieving the objectives set out in his Presidential theme, including a new trade skills body and high-level meetings, such as that held at the Bank of England last year.
“It has been a real pleasure being BPF President, and I am glad that I have succeeded in achieving the aims set out in my Presidential themes,” Boswell told the Group. “I wish my successor, David, every success in the role.”
Philip Law told the AGM that the Federation, which is now 470 members strong, was working on a valid strategic vision for the industry in association with the manufacturing group at the University of Cambridge. The document, Law said, would be issued later this year.