COVENTRY, UK — Outgoing British Coatings Federation (BCF) President David Beckford of Pronto Industrial Paints handed over the presidency to Guy Williams, Chief Executive of U-POL, at BCF’s virtual board meeting on Oct. 5, 2020.

Commenting on his appointment, Williams said that he was looking forward to serving for the next two years and supporting the BCF team. “I would like to personally thank David for his fantastic leadership throughout his presidency, which must be one of the most turbulent periods in BCF’s history. Looking forward, the BCF, like many others, will face significant challenges ahead. However, the BCF is well placed to weather the impacts of Covid-19 and is continuing to lobby hard on other issues with the EU Free Trade Agreement and UK REACH top of the current priorities.”

While Presidents typically serve two-year terms, outgoing President Beckford had been asked to stay on for an extended period due to COVID-19. Speaking of his time as President, Beckford thanked the board and said it had been an honor to serve the industry.

“BCF has developed considerably over the last 10 years, and I have no doubt it will continue to grow and thrive. Looking back, I take immense pride in the achievements of BCF in recent years. Starting with the new HQ in Coventry, we’ve seen the federation strengthen significantly and has twice been named Trade Association of the Year. Financially we are on a very sound footing now, and corporate governance is exemplary, with high engagement at board level and a clear strategy for the years ahead.”

Tom Bowtell, BCF’s Chief Executive, said, “It was a pleasure to work alongside David Beckford for the last two and a half years. During his tenure, David has dealt with a number of major challenges facing both the industry and wider society. I am looking forward to working with Guy Williams as we continue to support our members and the industry into the future.”