Institute pays tribute to Director

The Institute of Builders Merchants have paid tribute to their former director Dave Saunders who left the role at the end of last month.
“Financial pressures meant the Institute Governors had no choice but to make the role of Institute Director redundant at the end of October. This is no reflection on Mr. Saunders who has served the Institute well for four years,” Institute President Paul Robertson told

Saunders’ role included organising Business Seminars in the spring and summer at various locations around the country on topical subjects such as Public Speaking and

Managing Time.

“He was responsible for the organisation of our Annual General Meeting and Conference Weekend in April each year, arranging the hotel, finding speakers and arranging entertainment. And on the membership front he has made contact and continued a dialogue with Jewson, Buildbase, Travis Perkins and Wolseley as well as many independent merchants to encourage new members joining.

“This Summer the Institute TT Challenge Day at the Motor Cycle Museum for trainees in the industry was a great success. He also promoted the Institute at The Conference on two occasions and has regularly kept the Trade Press in touch with news about Institute events.”

Prior to becoming Institute Director Saunders had a long history of service to the Institute, being a Fellow of the Institute, a Past President, a former Governor and currently a Trustee of The Institute of Builders Merchants Charity Fund.

“We very much appreciate the efforts Dave has put into developing the industry’s Institute at a particularly testing time,” Robertson said. “We very much hope we may see him once again actively involved in Institute affairs in the future.”

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