CTI News & Events

CTI Chief Executive joins Trade Association Forum Board

The Trade Association Forum (TAF) has announced that Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Timber Industries, joins the Board with immediate effect as non-executive director. Dirk Vennix will represent the 1-10 staff band of membership subsequent to a formal election process amongst TAF membership to fill the vacancy after the previous incumbent stood down.

Since its formation in 1997, the Trade Association Forum has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice among UK trade associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public. TAF represents more than 300 trade associations and membership organisations.

Linda Cavender, General Manager of Trade Association Forum, said: “I am delighted Dirk has been appointed to serve on the TAF Board – I am certain that he will bring a great deal of experience to the table and complement the rest of the TAF Board to great effect.  I very much look forward to working with him.”

Dirk Vennix said: “I have always been a strong supporter and user of TAF services over the years and I know from personal experience that the forum provides invaluable advice and resources for many trade bodies. This is an exciting period for the Trade Association Forum with the upcoming review of the Forum’s vision and strategy which will determine its future direction. I am looking forward to helping TAF grow in terms of membership and revenue streams as well as providing members in the 1-10 staff band with any support they need on strategy, communications campaigns, stakeholder engagement and issues management.”

Download the press release as pdf.

Peter Hindle MBE appointed as first CTI Chairman

Peter Hindle MBE has been appointed as the first Chairman of the newly formed Trade Association, the Confederation of Timber Industries [CTI], as of 1 September 2015.

The CTI has, for the first time, brought together all aspects of the Timber industry’s supply chain, from forestry, sawmilling and timber distribution, through to paper and furniture manufacturing, pallets and pellet production, and construction and architectural use. This pan-industry approach will enable all those involved in the timber industry to come together to tackle common issues with a collaborative approach that will be fundamental for the future of this important industry.

Find out more on our press release.

CTI blog post - Newborn CTI takes first steps

We have just launched our open blog (ctitimber.wordpress.com) to share news, comments and ideas about Timber Supply Chain.

In the first blog post, CTI Chief Executive Dirk Vennix explains the Confederation's strategy for the coming months. 

Read the article here.

CTI Newsletter for Summer 2015

The first CTI Newsletter for Summer 2015 is online. In this issue: the CTI launch event in June 2015, a brief presentation of our Chief Executive Dirk Vennix and upcoming events for the next months.

To read the publication click here.

Confederation of Timber Industries Launches!

The new and inclusive Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) launched to an enthusiastic audience at the Building Centre in London on 10 June.

The Industry has waited a long time to find a stronger representative voice to act as an umbrella organisation, representing the whole Timber supply chain from Forest to end of life, recycling and research.

"It will be a long journey but I am ready for this challenge", said Dirk Vennix, new CTI chief executive. "I will work hard to make wood a first choice product and expand our market", he added.