Position: Executive Director
Company: PEFC UK - http://www.pefc.co.uk/
Alun Watkins has been working in the timber and furniture industries for over thirty years, fifteen of which were closely involved with environmental issues. Before joining PEFC as National Secretary in January 2010, he worked at FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) as an environmental management consultant offering advice and guidance to the furniture industry on all aspects of environmental compliance including chain of custody and also managed the industry specific initiative Club Green.
Alun was also instrumental in the development of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) and has been chair of the Furniture Industry Environment Committee since 2016.
Company: JPA Furniture - https://www.jpa-furniture.co.uk/
JPA Furniture were delighted to be asked to join the FISP steering committee as we are passionate about sustainability and keen to contribute to improving the environmental credentials of our industry. FISP has helped us establish a solid platform for measurable positive social and environmental impact with year on year improvements and benefits for all stakeholders. JPA are zero landfill, have a negative carbon footprint, are FSC and ISO14001 certified and operate award winning end of life furniture recycling and re-use programmes which also improve our clients’ environmental performance.
Position: Technical Manager
Company: National Bed Federation (NBF) - https://www.bedfed.org.uk/
Tristine has worked in the bed and furniture industry for over 23 years and has experience of working in manufacturing, testing, importing, retail and consultancy. With a strong background in regulatory compliance and quality management, Tristine was formerly chair of BSI technical committee FW/0/2 domestic and contract furniture and continues to be a serving member of several BSI technical committees related to the bed and furniture sector and childcare articles.
‘As a current member of steering group panels involving circular economy and recycling, I was pleased to join the steering committee for FISP. It is important for the furniture industry to understand its environmental and sustainability obligations and FISP works to support the industry in being able to demonstrate this. It is important to understand what to consider in the supply chain, from where materials are sourced, through to how they will be treated at end of life.
Evidence of how sustainability is achieved can also be required to be demonstrated as part of tender processes. There is an ever-increasing focus on environmental issues and sustainability and we must consider the impact we have when placing a product on the market.’
Position: Standards Officer
I first started in the furniture industry in 1979 when I started work as an apprentice upholsterer at CD Pierce, a traditional furniture manufacturer. Following redundancy in the early 80s I had a brief break from the furniture industry. I joined The Senator group in June 1986 as a fully skilled upholsterer working in design and development and pattern making as well as new model introduction to production.
I left briefly to become production manager at a small local furniture manufacturer in 2000, and returned to the Senator Group as Cutting, Sewing and Upholstery manager in late 2000.
I was asked to join our ISO team in 2004 by Paul Clarke the commercial director, a role I fully embraced as quality and the environment are my production passions. I am part of a team that looks after our IMS including ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 50001 across all of our production processors, as well as FSC & PEFC. I am IEMA trained as a practitioner, and a lead auditor for all the standards.
I was invited to join the steering groups a number of years ago, again by Paul Clarke who was an original member of the FISP and FIRA groups, I was only too happy to accept as I like to think I can make a difference.
Position: Product Environmental Specialist
Company: Herman Miller - https://www.hermanmiller.co.uk
Oliver is responsible for leading the Design for the Environment programme for EMEA. He oversees sustainability for new and existing products, monitors environmental compliance and provides specialist advice and support to a number of areas of the business.
Oliver is a qualified LEED ® Green Associate TM , BREEAM Associate and has completed the Cradle to Cradle Certified TM Catalyst Program. In addition, he is a Practitioner of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Prior to joining Herman Miller, Oliver was employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as Projects and Development Manager for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here he had responsibility for a wide range of projects concerning environmental stewardship, support for rural business and community development.
After studying Environmental Management, Oliver worked in conservation before helping deprived neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland to improve their local environment as part of the peace and reconciliation process. In 2008, he completed a Masters Degree in Sustainable Tourism and assisted tourism operators and destinations in the UK and abroad in implementation of Environmental Management Systems.
Position: Director of Consultant Services
Company: British Furniture Manufacturers Trade Association (BFM Ltd.) - http://www.bfm.org.uk/
Steve’s experience gained in the furniture industry now spans 30 years having held a wide range of responsibilities, in both the domestic and contract sectors. This includes Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain and Human Resources management through Group, General Manager, and Director roles.
Having joined BFM Ltd (British Furniture Manufacturers Trade Association) in 2011 he now undertakes a variety of project and consultancy roles as Director of Consultant Services. He also works on European Commission projects, for example FreeFoam, which developed an alternative way to produce foam without the release of toxic chemicals.
“Sustainability in the industry is incredibly important to me, not only for the carbon footprint, to lengthen the life of our planet and look after it as we should, but also to look after the workers along every supply chain. Sustainability is for people as well as the environment. This must be a priority.” For Steve, joining FISP meant making sure that the furniture industry plays its part in having, and continuing to have, the resources to protect human health and our environment.
“Simply, it means conserving our resources and taking care of our environment and neighborhood as best as we can. I was delighted to become a member of the FISP steering committee as for me this is the perfect platform to strive to promote the importance of sustainability across our industry.”
BFM Limited has been a trade association for over 65 years representing the interests of the British Furniture industry being run by members for the benefit of members and the wider industry through a broad range of services and support activities. Benefits of becoming a member includes access to expertise across a number of subjects including employment affairs, export support, EU timber regulations, health and safety, commodity pricing and the environment. Environmental advice from the BFM is also offered through Alistair Bromhead, Health, Safety and Environment Consultant, who delivers the FISP programme directly to BFM members.
Position: Environmental & Quality Systems Manager
Company: Moores Furniture Group - http://www.moores.co.uk/
I commenced work at Moores in April 1989, working in a number of job functions, cumulating in becoming the Environmental & Quality Systems Manager in early 2013, with over 20 years’ experience in health, safety and environment, and management systems in general.
Ensuring that Moores are legally compliant with the corresponding environmental legislation; standards; regulations; operating Permits; and codes of practice to which the company subscribes.
Managing the continual development of: Occupational Health & Safety; Environmental; FSC Chain of Custody and Quality Management Systems and ensure continued certification to the standards.
Acting as the Company Management Representative / competent person for all third party external assessments undertaken by certification bodies, including BSI; Exova BM Trada and other third-party assessors including Achilles (Building Confidence)
As an independent and industry recognised certified scheme, the programme encourages, nurtures and facilitates the continual improvement of sustainable development throughout the industry. Minimising consumption of materials and natural resources, whilst reducing waste and protection of the natural environment. FISP also contributes to improving economic performance, assisting in the creation of new market opportunities and development of more sustainable products and promotion of the social benefits that a sustainable business creates.
Why where we pleased to join / provide input to FISP?
As a founder member, Moores is proud to be associated with the FISP Steering Committee and to have been instrumental, along with a number of trade associations and manufacturers within the furniture industry, in the development of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme. The programme developed to provide a credible framework to stimulate sustainable consumption, manufacture and delivery of the product.
What does sustainability mean to us?
We’re motivated by making a positive contribution to the sustainability challenges – social, economic and environmental - that we face. We strongly believe that good sustainability
management is a force for good, helping Moores become more effective and resilient and delivering better sustainable outcomes, whilst beneficial to all our internal and external stakeholders. It’s a critical part of the transition to a sustainable economy and it’s essential that Moores are on the journey and making an active contribution.
Moores Furniture Group
Established in 1947, Moores Furniture Group Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (KBB) furniture manufacturers. With a heritage of over 70 years, Moores has built up a reputation for quality craftmanship and prides itself in best in class in terms of products and customer service, underpinned by strong sustainability principles.
Moores designs and manufactures the products in close collaboration with housebuilders to develop optimum solutions including: high rise; contract (private and public sectors; and retail business to consumer); affordable housing; and retail distributors. The product primarily constructed from melamine-faced chipboard (MFC), medium density fibre-board (MDF) and other ‘wood’ products, with the product available as supply only or supply and install. We also have a number of retail brands which are sold in independent retailers throughout the UK, and manufacture furniture for builders’ merchants and large DIY stores.
Position: Health & Safety Manager
Company: Moores Furniture Group - http://www.moores.co.uk/
I have worked at Moores since 1982, fulfilling many rolls, primarily within the operational functions, leading to my appointment as Health and Safety Manager in 1999.
As a chartered safety practitioner my health and safety journey has taken me down many professional development paths. Whist legal compliance is the ‘bread and butter’ of a health and safety professional, I pride myself on behavioural safety and the engagement of others in their health and safety journeys.
My roll today includes, providing expert support and guidance on: Health, Safety, Environmental and sustainability governance; promoting collaboration; proactive leadership; simple and practical solutions that ensure personal responsibility towards the health safety and wellbeing of our employees and others effected by our operations.