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Nick Howlett takes up FETA chairman role

Appointment marks a change in several key positions within the organisation as it faces up to pressing challenges from Brexit and F-Gas

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced several changes in its senior leadership as it braces for ongoing challenges around F-Gas regulation and the potential impacts of Brexit.

Nick Howlett, non-executive director of Titon and a key figure in establishing the company’s mechanical ventilation division, will now serve as FETA chairman. He will be taking over from John Smith.

Mr Howlett said the organisation faced significant issues such as bracing for the possible consequences of Brexit at a time when significant uncertainty remained over the government’s preferred position on a future arrangement with the EU. Sector specific concerns tied to F-Gas regulation and changing standards and rules were also highlighted as key areas where the body would focus its work.

Mr Howlett, said, “We are also stood by to contribute fully to the work stemming from the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety which followed on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and to playing our part in ensuring the opportunities for improvement across the built environment are not wasted.”

“Equally, in the wake of the Carillion fiasco, we will continue to argue that the time for a radical review of construction industry payment practices is upon us and the government must act accordingly. I have a particular wish to raise the need for better and more coordinated focus by the government concerning indoor air quality but equally there are many issues of current interest across our six associations within FETA. I am greatly looking forward to playing my part in taking these forward.”

FETA announced that John Smith would also be stepping down from his role as president of the British Refrigeration Association. Mark Woods, the BRA’s former vice president, will replace him in the role.

Mr Woods is joint managing director of Space Engineering Services and has served as chairman for the BRA Contractor Section.

He said, “I am looking forward to building on the great work John has done as we reach out to our broad industry sector to share best practice, focusing on health and safety as we deal with changes in the use of refrigerants.”

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