The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Andrew Weiss as its new executive chairman.
He succeeds David Smyth, who retired at the end of May.
Andrew has been one of BHETA’s directors since 1998. He was chairman of the DIY Committee from 2003 to 2005 and BHETA president from 2008 to 2010. He was also president of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust from 2014 to 2016.
Andrew began his marketing career in 1983 at Spur Shelving (then part of the Savage Group), rising to European marketing director, before leaving in 1992 to become managing director of garden accessories company Pan Products – another of the Group’s companies.
Andrew returned to Spur Shelving (now part of the McKechnie Group) in 1995 as managing director and, following McKechnie’s acquisition by Newell Rubbermaid, became director of UK trade sales for Swish UK in 2002.
In 2003, he moved to become managing director of Isaac Lord – the company’s first ‘non-family’ director in 120 years. He remained with Isaac Lord until 2011, following a successful sale to new owners.
Over the last five years Andrew has been running his own marketing consultancy, providing strategic management to businesses operating within the construction products sector.
Commenting on his new role at BHETA, Andrew said: “I’m delighted to be joining a well-established and successful team at BHETA, and look forward to contributing to improving members’ involvement with the association, while adding value to their businesses.”
BHETA president Roger Morgan Grenville added: “We’re very pleased to have been able to secure the services of Andrew as our executive chairman.
“His extensive commercial experience, coupled with his detailed knowledge of BHETA as one of its past directors and presidents, sets him up to make a strong and almost immediate contribution.
“More than anything, Andrew is a passionate advocate of BHETA’s foremost role as a members’ organisation that will be judged by the services and supports that it provides for the individual members. I am much looking forward to working with him.”
BHETA’s new executive chairman Andrew Weiss