SDF welcomes first English president in “momentous” year

Kevin Shutt

2014 is a momentous year for Scotland in many ways.  Over the summer we celebrate the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th host for the Commonwealth Games while September marks the referendum on independence and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Perthshire.

But before all that, we see our very own historical milestone in the Federation’s long history, which reaches back to 1857. For this year marks the first ever inauguration of an English man to the role of President of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation.

Ian Rogers, Chief Executive of the SDF, said: “We welcome Kevin Shutt to this important role as a great leader with a strong vision and creative ideas to take the Federation forward.”

Kevin Shutt said: “The Federation has enjoyed a good year and made steady progress, particularly in education and I’m delighted to take on the Presidency of the Federation at such an exciting time.

“My aim is to increase membership and improve the benefits and added value we offer to our existing members. It’s also important that we continue to work closely with the industry on a range of issues, including making sure that the government understands the implications of the Richards’ Review in England and Wales, and that we continue to bring added value to the education of young apprentices in Scotland.”

Kevin was inaugurated as President of the SDF at the AGM on March 20th.

He takes over from Immediate Past President Derek Clark, who played a major role in boosting the manufacturers’ membership of the Federation in the year 2013/14.