Successful AGM for SDF

The Scottish Decorators’ Federation’s (SDF’s) Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 14th March 2013, a week earlier than usual.

National Council members and Chief Executive Ian Rogers worked through a full agenda at the Federation’s HQ in Stirling, which reflected a satisfying year for the organisation.

The AGM also welcomed four new National Council members. They include, from the Glasgow Master Painters Association:

And representing the Highlands and Islands branch is: David MacDonald of Highland Painting and Decorating.

After business matters had been concluded, attention was turned to the annual ceremonial duties, which usually take place at the Annual Convention Lunch. This change in format aims to place the focus on the Annual Competition and its important role in celebrating the skill and success of the P&D industry at the Lunch.

The first item of official business was the handover of the Presidential chain to incoming President Derek Clark (pictured) of DJC Decorators Ltd by Ralph Skene of McLaren & Co Ltd, who now becomes Immediate Past President and remains as Treasurer of the Federation.

Also inaugurated were Kevin Shutt of Seddon Property Services Ltd who is the new Senior Vice President and Barrie Nicolson of George Nicolson (Decorators) Ltd who takes up the role of Junior Vice President.

Ian Rogers said: “On behalf of the National Council, I’d like to thank outgoing President Ralph Skene for his tireless work and dedication to the Federation and the wider industry during his time in office, which I know will continue.

“We welcome Derek Clark as the new President who forms the new Management Committee alongside Kevin as Senior Vice and Barrie as Junior Vice President, all of whom I’m looking forward to working with on the range of important issues affecting our industry over the coming year.

“We’re also delighted to welcome our new Council members who experienced a successful Annual Convention last week.”

Ralph Skene, SDF’s Immediate Past President, said: “It has been a busy year attending meetings with manufacturers, politicians, the unions, ConstructionSkills and other agencies to raise the profile of the SDF. This year, I look forward to pressing ahead with the challenges facing the industry in my new role as part of the SDF’s management committee.”