Best Leadership of an Association

Builders Merchants Federation – John Newcomb

John Newcomb is the driving force behind a reinvigorated Builders Merchants Federation. Following his appointment in August 2012, he developed a new culture within the organisation that led to a resurgence in members in every sector Total membership now stands at 640 merchant and supplier companies who together have combined sales in excess of £28bn and employ over 123,000 people in the building materials industry. John has overseen the introduction of a raft of commercial benefits, networking and training opportunities. These include the launch of a new Post Graduate Diploma leading to a Masters Degree, a first for a UK Trade Association; the introduction of seventeen Forums servicing different interest groups that have played a major part in broadening the BMF’s relevance and appeal; and the launch of the Builders Merchants Building Index, the first comprehensive analysis of sales through builders merchants and the only reliable measure of housing repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. He has taken an energetic and proactive stance to ensure the voice of merchants and their suppliers is heard by policy makers both at national and local level In drawing together the merchant supply chain and giving them a united voice.


Federation of Master Builders – Brian Berry

Since taking up the position of CEO in 2012, Brian Berry, and his Senior Management Team, have been on a mission to transform the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) into a modern and professional trade association. The FMB has been transformed from the bottom up. This has included introducing independent inspections for all FMB members; reforming the governance structure; restructuring the staffing; and ensuring good financial management through proper financial reporting.

These sweeping changes have led to fantastic results for the FMB. The FMB’s finances are in good health with the organisation reporting four consecutive years of budget surplus. The FMB’s membership has grown for two consecutive years and this is the first time this has happened since the late 1980s. In 2015, the FMB achieved Investors in People status and in 2018, 89% of staff said they would go the extra mile for the FMB. The FMB’s ‘earned’ media reach has tripled from 103,693,562 people in 2012 to 333,945,205 people in 2017. FMB Insurance Services (FMBIS) has been transformed into a profitable business. From 2014 to 2017, FMBIS there has been an increase of 169% in gross written premium across its three core products.


The Association of Professional Staffing Companies – Ann Swain

Ann Swain is an extraordinary leader. Nineteen years after conceptualising and founding APSCo, the Association now employs 26 permanent staff, turns over £6million per annum and represents an industry valued at over £18billion. Ann’s energy and determination are legendary – a ‘powerhouse’, highly inclusive of her team and members alike, commanding respect, liking and engagement at all levels. With many ‘firsts’ under her belt – Ann is a serial innovator, solving challenges with effective solutions. Her work has brought together industry heads, broader associations as well as government in order to secure winning outcomes. Her impact has been far-reaching making a real difference to how the industry is perceived and recognised today.


The Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe – Anne-Marie Martin

COBCOE, the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, is a unique non-profit – Europe focussed, with global reach British business network present in over 35 countries across Europe representing over 12,000 businesses with a growing global affiliate partner network of over 50 business organisations in the UK and outside Europe.

Anne-Marie Martin is COBCOE’s Chief Executive and has been the major driving force behind the creation and development of COBCOE’s Centre of Excellence to help chambers build their capacity to be able to better respond to the growing needs of their members.

The initiative comprises of three key parts: An annual academy focussed on key areas of best practice in running a chamber of commerce, a quality benchmark standard certification process that promotes continuous improvement and wider strategy and thought leadership to spearhead transformation and growth in the British chamber movement in Europe.


TIGA – Dr Richard Wilson OBE

Richard has developed TIGA into a high-performance organisation that has decisively influenced public policy, tackled skills shortages, secured unparalleled media coverage, and achieved consistent growth.

Richard lead a seven-year campaign for Video Games Tax Relief (GTR), a measure which effectively reduces the cost of games development. Since the introduction of VGTR was announced, employment in the sector has grown on average by 7 per cent per annum. The UK now has the largest games development sector in Europe.

TIGA University Accreditation, introduced by Richard in 2015, is helping to reduce industry skill shortages by: highlighting the best courses to study at; identifying the best courses to recruit from; and promoting good practices in higher education.

Richard has transformed TIGA from a loss making to profitable business. Richard has delivered ten consecutive years of profitable growth and he has grown the TIGA Games Industry Awards into one of the industry’s premier events.

Richard ensures that TIGA provides a powerful voice for the games industry in the media. TIGA has recently been featured on Sky News, the BBC, The Telegraph, and The Scotsman.

70% of developers now believe that the environment in the UK is favourable to the video games industry.


United Kingdom Warehousing Association – Peter Ward

Peter Ward took over the role of CEO at United Kingdom Warehousing Association in January 2015. Since then, he has turned a stagnant Association with falling membership into a growing, dynamic organisation with a powerful, authoritative voice effectively representing industry views to government policy makers and other influencers. His reforms include overhauling the financial processes of UKWA and introducing a new cloud-based financial management system. He refreshed the brand and rolled out a new, highly interactive and engaging website. Peter has also developed an affinity partner scheme and delivered many tangible new benefits for members, including ‘MarketSpace’, an online portal for members to let warehousing space. During his tenure, major research projects have been commissioned to highlight key issues, including a critical lack of high grade warehousing space and potential development land, as well as exploring the future challenges for urban logistics. Peter has established a series of UKWA Advisory Boards to deliver expertise and leadership on themes including real estate, technology, training & education and customs & excise. He has introduced a new category of membership – ‘Logistics Users’ – to embrace manufacturers and retailers, and this year rolled out the first every Benchmarking Survey for warehousing in the UK.