FMB Elects First Woman National President

JAN ETCHELLS is the new National President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) elected by members at their annual general meeting on 18 September.

First woman

Jan, of Syntonic Kitchen Technicians Limited, and a long-term member of the FMB’s London Board, begins her two-year term as FMB President. This comes at a challenging time for the small and medium-sized (SME) building industry with the pandemic and Brexit. Kevin Ireland of Delta Property (Cardiff) Ltd was elected National Vice President.

Jan is the first woman to be appointed to the role. She said: “I am extremely honoured to represent our membership and take on the role of FMB President at such an important time. I want to see our members thrive, and take pride in their FMB membership.

“I love our industry and really want to give everyone a chance to discover how great it is and the opportunities available. I want to be a champion of quality, and would love to help the next generation to choose construction as a career regardless of gender.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Jan Etchells over the next few years to take the FMB forward.

“The FMB has an ambitious three-year strategic plan to raise standards within the building industry and to act as the champion for SME builders. Jan is a passionate advocate for small builders and her election comes at a time when we need strong leadership during these uncertain times.”

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