Tim Hopkinson has been named as the newly elected President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2017/18 at the Association’s recent annual general meeting.
Hopkinson, who is the Managing Director of ductwork manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton and Son has been working in the building engineering sector for 35 years, and is the third Association President from Poppleton.
Speaking about his role, Hopkinson said the main focus of his year as BESA President would be to “drive emerging talent” within the industry and empower young people to set the agenda for the Association’s future. He also added that he would be unveiling a major new initiative at the annual BESA President’s Lunch in September that would set a new direction for the sector’s “future leadership”.
The new President also called on the government to deliver “a swift, but positive resolution to negotiations with the EU that allows UK industry to face the future with a clear idea of what it needs to do to drive growth”.
Improved certainty for UK businesses following an unprecedented period of political upheaval is crucial, he said, as this helps to create the right business environment for employers to invest in apprentices and new technologies.
Hopkinson commented:“We have a considerable and growing skills gap – not likely to be helped if there isn’t a swift resolution to the issue of freedom of movement and the status of EU workers in this country.”
He said support for the new Trailblazer apprenticeship framework would be a priority and he described creating a more diverse workforce as being “critical to the sector’s ability to deliver successful projects in the future”.