New OCCA president

Succeeding Graham Armstrong, Paul Sheppard – regulation and compliance manager manager for HMG Paints, Manchester – was announced as the new president of the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) on 8 September, at the OCCA’s AGM. The OCCA is a professional body for people within the coatings and allied sectors. It has more than 800 members.

“I am truly honoured to be taking on the presidency,” said Paul. “We have a brilliant team in place of dynamic volunteers and contractors, and I am looking forward to working with them and continuing the excellent work we have been doing over the past three years under the strong leadership of our past president.”

Paul added: “I am excited and very optimistic of a bright future for our association. I relish the challenges we will face as a cohesive team working with all our stakeholders to build on our strong position within the industry and deliver on ‘inspiring colour futures’.”

Steve Crossman, chief operating officer of HMG Paints, said: “Everyone at HMG is incredibly proud of Paul and his appointment as OCCA president. Paul has been a key member of the HMG team over the last 25 years and we couldn’t think of anyone better for this role. We know his drive and passion will help with the development of OCCA and its members.”