Meet the Team

The BWF is the voice of the UK Woodworking industry, and our staff team works hard to support your business in every way. Below you can meet the team here at the BWF. In addition to the staff team, you can also see which members are representing you.

We are a member led organisation with our Council of members and Executive body driving the strategy. There are three Council meetings per year where the BWF's strategy is discussed.  If you are a member and are interested in getting involved with the BWF Council, you can nominate yourself and are welcome to call us to discuss what it entails.


Chief Executive
Iain McIlwee - Chief Executive
Email Iain Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2612 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Iain has overall responsibility for the BWF's operations and direction.
Tony Batchelor - Training Manger
Email Tony Here | Direct Dial: 0844 815 9981 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Tony is responsible for delivering on the BWF’s three core training objectives: increasing recruitment into the sector; maintaining and developing high quality qualifications and delivery partners, and fostering a culture of continuous learning in the industry..
Technical Director
Kevin Underwood - Technical Director
Email Kevin Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2619 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Kevin spends much of his time out of the office sitting on technical standards committees both in the UK and Europe. He works to drive standards for the advancement of our industry and offers advice through the technical helpline.
Tracey Hemming
Tracey Hemming - Operations Manager
Email Tracey Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2617 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Tracey manages the finance department and membership administration. She is the main point for contact for membership application and fee enquires, general invoicing and other financial queries
Hannah Mansell
Hannah Mansell - BWF Schemes & Technical Manager
Email Hannah Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2615 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Hannah heads up the BWF’s Stair and BWF-CERTIFIRE Schemes, as well as handling some stair and fire door technical enquiries, and other technical work.
Matt Mahony
Matt Mahony - Policy & Communications Executive
Email Matt Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2614 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Matt provides wide-ranging advice on policy, employment, legal and environmental issues and manages the BWF's communication channels such as the BWF website, newsletter and helpline. Matt also co-ordinates the BWF Code of Conduct.
Jenny Taylor
Jenny Taylor - Administrator
Email Jenny Here | Direct Dial: 0844 209 2618 | Fax: 0844 209 2611.
Jenny is the BWF's main administrator and deals with general enquiries, queries regarding the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme and new BWF member applications.

Your representatives

Sean Parnaby - President
West Port Timber Windows & Doors
Sean is the President of the British Woodworking Federation contributing to the organisation's strategy. Sean also takes specific responsibility for leading the BWF's work to increase their sales and profitability in the marketplace.

David Pattenden - Immediate Past President
Specialist Joinery (South) Ltd
David is the lead member representative of the BWF setting the strategic direction for the organisation. David also leads the BWF's lobbying work and increasing enagement with the membership.

Paul Bailey - Honorary Treasurer
European Doorsets Ltd
Paul is the Honorary Treasurer, contributing to the organisation's strategy with specific responsibilities for the BWF finances and ensuring we are a well-resourced organisation delivering exceptional value to members.

Roy Wakeman OBE
Mumford and Wood
Roy was President from 2011-2013 and continues to contribute to the organisation's strategy.

Gary Vaughton - BWF Officer
Gary is a BWF officer contributing to the organsation's strategy, and has specific responsibility for leading the BWF's health & safety work and our 'zero accidents in the workplace' campaign.

Alan Shearer - BWF Officer
Howarth Windows and Doors 
Alan is a BWF officer contributing to the organsation's strategy,

Stephen Wright - BWF Officer
George Barnsdale and Sons Ltd
Stephen is a BWF officer contributing to the organsation's strategy,

David Oldfield - BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme Chairman
Arnold Laver
David is an officer contributing to the organisation's strategy, he chairs the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door & Doorset Scheme and thus leads on the BWF's work on fire doors.

Pauline Kelly - BWF Officer, Chair of the BWF Stair Scheme
E A Higginson & Co. Ltd
Pauline is an officer contributing to the organisation's strategy, specifically leads strategy for the Stair Scheme and leads, with the WITForum Chair, the BWF's work on training to delvier a full qualified, engaged and competent workforce.

Tony Pell - Wood Window Alliance Chair
Tony chairs the Wood Window Alliance, helping to develop communications to support the growth of the wood window market in the UK 

Andy Tompkins - WITForum Chair
Tompkins Ltd
Andy chairs the training arm of the BWF, the Woodworking Industry Training Forum, leading strategy on training policy, provision, qualifications & funding.

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