Construction Product Information announces independent chair and board

Construction Product Information announces independent chair and board

Construction Product Information Ltd (CPI), which is responsible for managing the Code for Construction Product Information, has appointed its first independent chair and board of non-executive directors.

The board has been created to provide robust independent governance and accountability of the Code. The board is responsible for providing effective leadership in collaboration with CPI’s chief executive, Amanda Long.

David Topliffe (chartered chemical engineer; past chemical industry senior manufacturing executive) has been appointed as the independent chair of the skills-based board of non-executive directors of the not-for-profit organisation.

In addition to David, the board comprises five non-executive board directors: Sarah Atkins (insight-led transformation not-for-profit industry standards body); Ian Bretman (extensive experience with voluntary standards initiatives, including Fairtrade); Catherine Fyfe (deputy chair of the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group; divisional marketing director of Polypipe); Tom Loder (Multiplex as head of strategy; landscape architect) and Susanne Pugsley (marketing and business development specialist in the legal sector and beyond).

The composition of experience and expertise drawn from the board of directors provides essential knowledge and understanding of standards organisations, business strategy and marketing practices in the construction industry and beyond.

As independent chair of the board, David Topliffe brings an understanding of major hazard safety management from 37 years in chemical manufacturing, where he chaired the Chemical Industries Association’s Responsible Care Strategy Group for 12 years as a non-executive director. Under his leadership, a strong focus was placed on Process Safety Leadership and a ‘Responsible Care Verification’ (peer-review/assessment) scheme was devised and implemented across the chemicals sector. David also has extensive experience from other sectors, including the healthcare sector where he serves as a non-executive director for an NHS hospital.

Construction Product Information chief executive Amanda Long said: “The Code for Construction Product Information is a practical tool that construction product manufacturers can use to provide assurance that their product information is clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous. Our processes work to improve their cultural maturity and leadership, with the overall aim of driving higher standards and prioritising building safety.

“Our new board of non-executive directors brings together an excellent combination of expertise in standards organisations, business strategy, marketing practices, as well as expertise in major hazard safety and from within the construction sector.”

David Topliffe, Construction Product Information Ltd chair, said: “I am extremely pleased and proud to be involved in helping to lead Construction Product Information Ltd, alongside my fellow board directors and the chief executive.

“The Code for Construction Product Information assessment process is at an important phase now, close to the launch of the first assessments. We are committed to working hard to deliver a robust process that will be crucial if we are to achieve the trust amongst users, specifiers and clients of construction products, as well as those who work in the industry, communities and the wider public.”

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