Home Improvement Council confirms new chair-elect

Jon Vanstone, chair of Certass Trade Association

Leaders of the National Home Improvement Council UK (NHIC) have named Jon Vanstone as chair-elect. Jon, who is also chair of the certification specialist business Certass, is to officially take up the NHIC position in July 2023, working closely with chief executive Anna Scothern to drive the organisation in representing the entire repair, maintenance and home improvement (RMI) sector in the UK.

Jon is already a leading voice on competence, which is a key focus of the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) and one of the NHIC’s key focal points for the NHIC, as its 2023/24 manifesto has stated. He has held various positions at government level and within the repair, maintenance and home improvement sector. Jon’s significant experience is expected to support the NHIC’s strategic direction and action plan.

“It’s a privilege to be voted in to lead the NHIC during this period of transformation for the retrofit and construction sectors,” said Jon. “The introduction of the BSR brings massive change to how buildings are maintained and managed, putting new pressure on ensuring best practice and proving competency not just of those on the tools but also the companies they work for.

“The NHIC’s five ‘C’s of repair, maintenance and home improvement – carbon, consumer, compliance, competency and connection – set out a strong pathway to support members in having a better understanding of the changes that are coming. I am proud to be supporting them.”

Anna, the NHIC’s CEO, added: “Jon’s appointment as chair-elect comes at a vital point for the NHIC and the sector as a whole. His expertise and experience around competency, compliance and quality delivers unique benefits to NHIC members and those who serve, support and supply domestic RMI professionals.”

To read Jon’s columns in GGP magazine, visit our archive. You can also watch a video interview with Jon here.

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