FMB elects new president at online AGM

Jan Etchells

MEMBERS of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have elected Jan Etchells as new national president at its AGM, which was held virtually this year.

Jan, of Syntonic Kitchen Technicians and a long-term member of the FMB’s London board, begins her two-year term at a challenging time for SME contractors in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit uncertainty.

Despite the challenges, the FMB said there is much to be positive about as the organisation turns 80 in 2021.

Jan, who is the first woman to be appointed to the role, takes over from Arthur McArdle of Woodfield Building Services (Staffs). Kevin Ireland of Delta Property (Cardiff) was elected national vice president.

Jan Etchells said, “I am extremely honoured to represent our membership and take on the role of FMB president at such an important time. I want to see our members thrive, and take pride in their FMB membership. I love our industry and really want to give everyone a chance to discover how great it is and the opportunities available. I want to be a champion of quality, and would love to help the next generation to choose construction as a career regardless of gender.”

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB added, “I’m delighted to be working with Jan Etchells over the next few years to take the FMB forward. The FMB has an ambitious three year strategic plan to raise standards within the building industry and to act as the champion for SME builders. Jan is a passionate advocate for small builders and her election comes at a time when we need strong leadership during these uncertain times.”