Duo to boost drive for greener homes in Mansfield and Ashfield

A drive to make homes greener in Mansfield and Ashfield has been bolstered by the appointment of two prominent business leaders.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 3:59 pm
Frank Elkins, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins.

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) wants to improve the energy and water efficiency of existing housing stock, making them warmer and cheaper to run.

So it believes the election of new board members, Frank Elkins and Lee Harwood, can only help in shaping the strategy.

Frank is chief operating officer at Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest builders’ merchants with a base in Mansfield while Lee is group finance director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd, a family firm with 42 branches across the UK.

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Lee Harwood, who is the new treasurer of the Builders' Merchants Federation.

BMF chairman Richard Hill said: “We are delighted to welcome two excellent representatives of our broad membership to the board.

"The range of experience they offer will be extremely valuable as we move forward, post-pandemic, towards a low-carbon economy.”

The BMF is a construction industry trade body that represents members throughout Mansfield and Ashfield.

It is set to play a vital role in the national attempt to achieve net zero energy buildings by 2050.

Frank takes over from Andrew Harrison, who has stepped down from the board after his retirement from Travis Perkins’s plumbing and heating division.

John Newcomb, chief executive of the BMF, said: “As we move towards a greener economy, this is a landmark time for the BMF.

"Our members in Mansfield and Ashfield provide the materials, products and expertise needed to de-carbonise our homes, to deliver significant improvements to air quality and energy use.

"I look forward to working with the new board members in driving forward the low-carbon agenda.”