The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) has announced that Cathie Clarke has been appointed as the new chief executive to replace James Talman, who is taking up the same role at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).
Ms. Clarke has spent much of her career in the heritage sector, driving forward the traditional skills and materials agenda. Most recently, she served as general manager of the National Heritage Training Group, where she focused on boosting training in the traditional building crafts sector. She also spent almost eight years as director of Oakstedge, a traditional building skills training consultancy, and more than two years as chief executive of Heritage Skills HUB Midlands.
Mike Crook, chairman of the SPRA Council, said: “We are delighted that Cathie is joining us and will continue with our policies of promoting our standards and guidance, providing first class education and training and growing our membership. Cathie has a proven track record in running membership organisations, most recently with the National Heritage Training Group.”
Ms. Clarke will take up her new position on October 1 following a handover period. She said: “I have long been a proponent of quality, skills and training within the construction sector, and [I] am excited by this new challenge. Being a SPRA member demonstrates a commitment to excellence, and should also equate to teamwork. Teamwork requires communication, which is why I operate an ‘open door’ policy. So, I look forward to working together with the SPRA membership to drive standards, skills and quality across the single ply sector.”