BMF confirms first Conference Forum speakers

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation has announced its first speakers in the Industry Forum debate at the BMF All-Industry Conference 2021, which takes place next June in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Andy Mitchell, CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Tideway and Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Peter Hallitt, Group Trading Director at Marshalls plc, will take part in the debate.

The Industry Forum brings together speakers and delegates from across the building materials and wider construction industry to debate key issues of the day.  The scene is set by presentations from four industry leaders, with many years of experience between them, before the debate is opened to the floor.

Andy Mitchell CBE Construction Leadership Council

Mitchell will provide a broader construction industry perspective, drawing on his experience as Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council as well as his leading role in number of major infrastructure projects. Hallitt will give a suppliers’ view, as a member of the executive team that has helped to ensure that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector, with a revenue of around £500m, but is also a world class business.

Peter Hallitt Marshalls

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “In the wake of Brexit and the Covid pandemic, our Conference theme of “Building Beyond Boundaries” will explore how our industry can thrive no matter what the challenges presented by external environments beyond our control. I’m delighted that Pete and Andy, who both have a wealth of experience in managing through change, have accepted our invitation to help set the agenda for this unmissable debate.”

The sold-out, dual-centre BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Harrogate and York from 17-20 June 2021. Further details are available on the Conference website,

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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