Ken Parkin has been appointed President of the Northern Counties Builders Federation (NCBF).

Having spent 38 years in the industry working for national and regional building contractors he is well experienced to take on the role and comment on a sector of industry which continues to face challenging times whilst playing a major role within the regional economy.

Ken took over the role of President for NCBF, from Jeff Alexander of Surgo Construction—who led the organisation for the three years prior. As the new President, Ken is keen to build on the progress made in recent years to ensure this 120-year-old organisation keeps pace with the time and continues to play an active and relevant role within the construction industry.

In setting out his agenda for change, Ken Parkin said: “The industry in the region has undoubtedly suffered due to the continued pressure form national contractors and huge reductions in local government spending. Increasingly our role is to help facilitate the development and maintenance of a sustainable North Eastern construction industry”

One of the tasks Ken is looking forward to is implementing NCBF’s recently launched apprentice initiative which NCBF will substantially fund—almost like a bursary—to make it easier for SMEs to take on apprentices.

Ken concludes: “I’m very keen to see the sector thrive in the future. That starts with schemes like our apprenticeship initiative and our ongoing support of CAN, CENE and G4C. I am certain that I can make a difference and look forward to collaborating with the many talented construction firms that are based in the area.”