At its AGM on 6 October, FIS announced its newly elected Board Directors, along with its new President.

Philip Brown, Director of contractor member Meronden, has been on the FIS Board of Directors for five years and will now start his two-year Presidency, following his appointment by his fellow directors.

Philip has more than 45 years’ experience in the construction industry. He started out as an apprentice before going on to project manage numerous interior works, gaining indepth knowledge and experience within the industry before joining Meronden Ltd in 1997 as director.

At his first address to members, Philip said:

“I am a living and breathing contractor – none of this is academic to me, the work that FIS is doing, our vision of the future has to be grounded in the reality of today and we need FIS has to be reactive and flexible, to be there, not just with helpful insight into the future, but to be focussed on helping us to navigate there, to take the next step.”

Also joining the Board from 6 October as executive directors are, Will Hart of Taylor Hart and Kate Hawkins of Stanmore, both contractor members of FIS, and Nigel Watkins of Rockfon, Alan Brown of Forza Doors and Jonathan Cherry of British Gypsum, all supplier members of FIS.

Iain McIlwee, FIS Chief Executive welcomed new Board members and said:

“We’re delighted to announce these appointments to continue the strong leadership at FIS and take FIS on to its next chapter of growth and success.”

He also thanked outgoing President, Helen Tapper for her phenomenal leadership and dedication to the industry. Helen will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President.

Full details on the FIS Board is available at