Two Richards secure BFRC leadership roles

Richard Sellman (left), managing director of the BFRC; Richard Bate (below), technical director

Two industry experts have taken up management roles at the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC), which is a subsidiary company of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). Richard Sellman is now managing director, and Richard Bate is serving the BFRC as technical director.

The duo begin these roles at a time when the BFRC is entering a new phase of development, a representative of the organisation has reported. The GGF’s leaders aim for the strengthened BFRC team to further support the sector in a time of significant change.

“I am immensely looking forward to taking on this new role, and working to build on the strong foundation that has been laid by my predecessors,” said Richard Sellman. “Richard Bate and the BFRC team are currently finalising plans to introduce new offerings and solutions for the fenestration industry. These are designed to support the product offering for manufacturers and installers, and to aid the drive towards reducing carbon consumption and improved energy efficiency.

“The new offerings and solutions will exceed the expected building regulation requirements over the next 5 to 10 years. This will help to safeguard the industry for the future.”

Richard has more than 30 years of experience in the insulated glass unit (IGU) and window industry, having worked in multi-national organisations as well as smaller, UK-based enterprises. Richard joined the BFRC in April having served on several GGF committees, including as chair of the joint Glazing Components/Insulating Glass Manufacturers Group and chair of the Glazing Executive (GE). He has also represented the GE on the main GGF board, and has been a member of the standards committee.

Richard Bate has worked for companies within the testing, inspection and certification sector. In 2004, he cofounded Build Check, to bring to market a fresh approach to building regulation compliance, testing and product certification. He is well recognised throughout the industry for his technical expertise, having worked closely with key glazing industry groups.

Our previous coverage relating to the BFRC is located here.

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