FATE – the Finishing and Associated Trades Equity, an independent trade association that represents skilled operatives in the finishes and interiors sector, has established an advisory board which includes senior executives and business owners from the construction industry. The move is part of FATE’s strategy to strengthen industry representation and broaden advice available to its members.

FATE has appointed five senior executives and business owners to its new advisory board:

  • Steve Coley, managing director and owner of Midlands-based Lakeside Ceilings and Partitions, and the immediate past-president of FIS, the Finishes and Interiors Sector trade association.
  • Michael Devitt, director of Faction Health and Safety Group, a health and safety consultancy that works with specialist contractors to provide advice, operational support and training.
  • Simon Hill, managing director at Met-excel, one of the leading North West-based specialist partitions, ceiling and facades contractor
  • Bob Noseda, sector skills executive at LSEC (London and South East Colleges) who has been instrumental in initiating and forging links with construction employers.
  • Dominic Tutt, managing director and co-founder of Astins, one of the largest drywall specialist contractors in the UK with a workforce of over 500 and a turnover in excess of £45m.

Graham Helm, executive director commercial at FATE, said: “We’re delighted to welcome new members to FATE’s advisory board. This is an exciting time for FATE and it is the next step in making FATE the representative trade association of choice for operatives working as labour only subcontractors in the construction industry.

“The advisory board will provide advice and support to our senior management team and create a direct link with the supply chain that our members work for. As we are approaching 1,000 paid up members, it is prudent, practical, and wholly pertinent that FATE should broaden its stakeholder base.”

Scott Sadler, executive director operations at FATE, said: “During the last 12 months FATE has been instrumental in campaigning to stop illegal deductions from labour only subcontractors and see that our members receive unrestricted access to skills and safety training. The new advisory board will help our campaign to raise standards in the industry.”

FATE, the Finishing & Associated Trades Equity, is an independent association that campaigns to promote best practice, improve training and raise standards of safety and workmanship in the interiors and facades sectors of the construction industry. FATE members include operatives and labour only subcontractors who provide specialist services for contractors operating across the UK.

For more information please visit: www.fate-online.co.uk