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FETA names Russell Beattie as new chief executive

Trade body which includes British Refrigeration Association and Heat Pump Assocation selects another ex-military man to succeed Cedric Sloan

The FETA Board has chosen Russell Beattie to succeed Cedric Sloan, when he retires in September 2014.

After a successful military career, Russell was the CEO of the John Smith Trust, working with various government institutions to promote good governance and leadership in former Soviet Union and Middle Eastern nations.

He views his appointment as a further opportunity to take on a constructive and responsible role in what he sees as a vital part of British industry. The title is being changed from Diector General to reflect the more common practice in trade bodies to use the term Chief Executive.


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  • This appointment reveals just how much FETA has its feet planted firmly in the past and is not forward looking.

    Just when progressive thinking was required, FETA have demonstrated yet again just how out of touch the organisation is with modern industry.

    FETA is our industry’s white elephant. It consumes a lot of resources and finances but gives little, if anything at all, in way of return. There is a lot of important work being done by well-meaning, knowledgeable, and conscientious volunteers on the individual trade body committees such as the BRA, but these are not helped in any way shape or form by the so-called umbrella organisation that is FETA.

    I do wish Mr Beattie well and the best of luck in his new role. It is unfortunate that to most in this industry his appointment has been met with indifference; a lack of interest born from the irrelevance to our daily working lives that FETA has become. This cannot be by accident. The antics of FETA reek more of the satirical comedy ‘Yes Minister’ than they do of modern business and industry.

    Was there really no one from this industry suitable? Was there really no one with even a smidgen of engineering passion available?

    On a day of cabinet reshuffles, in an era of change, FETA have shown just how out of step they are. Time for a FETA Board reshuffle? Fortunately for them apathy rules supreme at Hare Hatch so no one really cares enough to bother.

    So, it is more of the same. Stand easy soldier.

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