THE NATIONAL Buying Group (NBG), the UK’s buying group for independent merchants, has announced three members to its board following April’s executive board elections.
The three new board members are Keith Olver, a first-timer on the board, Glynis Catterson, who has been re-elected and Jim Parlato, who will be replacing John Dibble as he steps down.
NBG encourages is partners to take part in group decision making, for example casting their vote in the recent executive board elections.
Re-elected for a second stint as board member, Glynis Catterson, Director at S&A Builders Merchants Ltd, has served on the executive board as northern regional representative between 2012-2014 and national representative from 2016-2018.
Having joined NBG in 2008, S&A has two sites in the north east and is an independent merchant of home and farm building materials and supplies. A qualified accountant, Glynis has been responsible for NBG’s finances since 2012.
Speaking of her re-election to the board, Glynis said: “I like that our board structure gives representation from a regional perspective as well as from the range of partner sizes, it ensures all viewpoints are considered when discussing issues.”
Keith Olver joins the board for the first time after serving as the BMF south west Chairman and NBG south west Regional Chairman. Joint Managing Director at family-run Palladium Builders Merchants Ltd, Keith is passionate about online selling.
Keith said, “At NBG we all buy together for the same purpose, to trade and make a better profit. We are all independents, that’s what makes NBG so great.”
The final member to complete the trio is Jim Parlato, Director of Browns Builders Merchants Ltd. Browns Builders Merchants Ltd has been operating across Derby for over 100 years serving the region’s contractors from three branches. Jim will be taking on the role of the executive board’s central regional representative, stepping into the shoes of John Dibble.
Jim said, “In the 14 years since Browns joined NBG, we’ve enjoyed a lot of success and benefitted greatly from the partnership, so it felt only right that I give something back. I’m looking forward to representing the central region and its views, as well as reporting back thoughts, plans and decisions from executive board meetings.”
Nick Oates, managing director at NBG, added: “Our new board members are the perfect representatives for NBG’s values and are highly respected in their fields and local communities. Each member brings a certain area of expertise to the board and we are greatly looking forward to the year ahead and continuing to move forward together.”