New Head At Trade Association
05/18/2010

The promotion of best practice, training and sustainability are key objectives for Stephen Hodgson in his new role as head of the UK’s building preservation industry, the Property Care Association (PCA).

Online PR News – 18-May-2010 – – Noted for its technical expertise, the PCA represents the UK’s damp control, timber preservation, structural waterproofing, structural repair and flood recovery sectors.

Based at Huntingdon, the PCA is also a major educational provider, delivering training that is varied in content for property professionals.

Formed from the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which was founded in 1929, the trade body became known as the Property Care Association in 2006, to reflect its expansion into markets - including structural waterproofing, structural repair and flood recovery.

A qualified surveyor, Stephen – who lives in Leeds - has had a career spanning 10 years in the BWPDA and the PCA, including roles as technical officer and deputy director, before being promoted to this new role.

Stephen said: “Good advice and quality work, delivered by people that can be trusted and who understand and care about buildings and clients, has been at the heart of the Association’s success for many years.

“A key part of my role will be to promote the PCA as a centre of excellence to anyone with a shared passion for the protection and improvement of our built environment.

“We are also proud of our extensive training programme – and we will work to consolidate our reputation for providing high quality, unbiased, accurate information and instruction.

“Sustainability is also a key driver for us. We want to highlight to consumers and specifiers the role we and our members play in protecting and preserving the nation’s built heritage.

“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, so we must recognise and promote this to a wider audience. Professional, considered and targeted preservation techniques – such as timber repairs, the elimination of damp problems and structural stabilisation - often play a key role in the refurbishment and maintenance of our existing housing stock.

“This type of work preserves and protects what we already have, with a minimal impact on the environment and resources.”

www.property-care.org

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Notes To Editors

The Property Care Association (PCA) incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA).

The PCA is a member of TrustMark the scheme supported by the Government, to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.

Its contractor members are all carefully vetted before being awarded membership - and are then subject to rigorous auditing procedures once admitted to the Association.

As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying procedure to identify potential problems – as well as a range of other services designed to preserve and protect homes and buildings across the UK.

To find a PCA member log on to www.property-care.org and select the ‘Find A Member’ service.

Press release issued by Jane Shepherd of Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685, mobile 07985 129315.