Roofing Doyen Honoured with MBE Award

FORMER NFRC and IFD President, Gordon Penrose, has been awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year Honours list in recognition of his services to the roof slating and tiling industry.

Gordon Charles Penrose has built up his well-known family business, Penrose Roofing Ltd, in Northern Ireland over the past five decades. During that time he has been involved with many roofing initiatives and organisations. He is currently President of the Institute of Roofing.

Gordon, 76, said: “I am incredibly honoured to receive this award, I could not have achieved this without the support and help of my family, friends and colleagues in the roofing industry.

Gordon was born in Fife, Scotland. He started his career as an apprentice with Dunfermline District Council and while studying met his wife who was from Carrickfergus. After the birth of their son they moved to Northern Ireland in 1965 and Gordon started his roofing business two years later.

Among many of Gordon’s roles, he has been the past president of National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), past president of the International Federation for the Roofing Trades (IFD), livery member of the Worshipful Company of Tilers and Bricklayers (London Guild), Freeman of the City of London, Belfast Ambassador and Honorary life member of the Polish roofing federation.

He has also served two terms as Chairman of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (Northern Ireland) and chaired the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ competitions committee, which organises the annual roofing skills competitions, including the selection of teams for UK Skill Build and I.F.D World Championships.

Kevin M Taylor, current President of NFRC said: This honour is a testament to Gordon’s selfless dedication and service to the roofing industry over the last 60 years and is richly deserved.

“Gordon has given so much of his time, energy, passion and even financial assistance in turbulent times, to NFRC; from helping to found NFRC’s Irish Region, to organising countless international skill competitions, acting as NFRC’s Treasurer for over 20 years, as NFRC’s President between 1994 and 1996, and as President of the International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD). We have much to be grateful for as an industry and federation to Gordon, and I am delighted that this has now been formally recognised.”

Young roofers

Gordon has also had the responsibility, with others, to create apprenticeship training for young people in the industry.

It has always been his ambition to provide a career path for young people through apprenticeship training progressing to professional roofing qualifications.

Gordon was instrumental in bringing the IFD congress and world championship roofing competitions to Belfast in 2010 and also the I.O.R conference to Belfast in 2012.

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