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Building Industry Federation Appoints New Chairman


Building Industry Federation Appoints New Chairman

Derek Heard General Manager Trade for Mitre10, Appointed as new Chairman for the Building Industry Federation

Auckland, 28 August 2019 – The Building Industry Federation of New Zealand announced today that it has appointed Derek Heard, General Manager for Trade for Mitre 10, as the organisation’s new Chairman.

The Building Industry Federation represents the interests of New Zealand’s building industry manufacturers, merchant suppliers of goods and services, importers and marketers with a turnover level at retail in excess of $5billion.

Julien Leys, the Chief Executive of the Building Industry of New Zealand (BIF) says the organisation is delighted to have Derek as its new Chairman given the extensive industry experience he brings and his involvement on the BIF Board for several years.

“Derek brings almost 30 years of experience in the building, construction and allied industries, as a customer and supplier in all facets of the supply chain. Having spent several years in the timber supply chain, Derek moved into Fletcher Building where he spent sixteen years across multiple business units. Derek currently holds the role of General Manager Trade for Mitre 10 New Zealand where he has spent the last four years,” says Leys.

Leys adds that Derek is active within the industry and has participated on various working groups and boards.

“Derek’s experience with the broader building industry and supply chain will add value to providing insight for BIF’s Board and its members especially as the major reforms of the Building Act, reviews of the Building Code, CodeMark and the Construction Accord are currently underway. New Zealand’s construction industry materials and product supply chain is an important part of the economy and so BIF is well positioned to assist its members in this period of change and adjustment to the sector’s regulatory systems.”

BIF is a founding member of the Construction Strategy Group (CSG) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC).


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