Sad news has reached us of the death of Keith Clark, former Technical Director of Premdor and Director of the British Woodworking Federation.
He was involved with the timber door and window sector for his entire working life, initially at Crosby Doors and then following the restructure, for Premdor. Few were able to match his record of service and commitment to the industry. Keith Clark attended his first technical meeting of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) as a ‘new boy’ back in the 1970s and always said that he regarded his involvement with the BWF as a privilege to work at the heart of things and serve both his company and the wider industry.
He was active in many aspects of BWF’s marketing and technical committee and representational work during his lengthy association with the Federation.
Keith was closely involved in the setting up of the now successful and influential BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door Scheme in 1996. He served on the BWF Council from March 2004 and as a Director of the BWF from April 2005, until his retirement in December 2012.
An ever present attendee of both the Doors and Windows technical committees, he became Chairman of these in 2000 and continued this role until his retirement. Keith Wood brought an understated authority to all he did – when he spoke everyone stopped to listen.
While he will best be remembered for his tremendous contribution to the technical work of the BWF over an eventful period during which the industry faced some pretty demanding changes and challenges, from metrication to EN standardisation, he will also be remembered as a good friend by all those who came into contact with him.
“Keith Clark was a tremendous ambassador for his company Premdor, the BWF as an organisation, and for our industry as a whole,” said Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive, BWF. “He will be sadly missed.”