Leadership team: Edward Naylor (deputy president), Alan McLelland (president), Hannah Ault (vice president), Rob Flello (chief executive) of the British Ceramics Confederation

The trade association for the UK ceramics manufacturing industry, the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC), has announed Alan McLelland as its new president.

Alan, who is vice president of technology at Morgan Advanced Materials, succeeds Edward Naylor, chief executive of Naylor Industries Plc, for a two-year term as president of the BCC board of directors.

Alan said: “I am honoured to take up this role and look forward to working even more closely with the BCC team. It is a challenging time for UK ceramics, and the team will continue to support and represent this essential UK industry, providing a strong voice for the sector.”

The BCC will also welcome its first female vice president onto the board, as Hannah Ault, managing director of Valentine Clays Ltd, has agreed to take up the role.

Hannah, who grew up in the ceramics industry and is a third-generation leader in clay manufacturing, said: “I am delighted to represent an industry that I’m incredibly proud of. Ceramics impact on all our lives, and my mission is to continue to build awareness and increase nationwide support, especially through education and skills.”

Rob Flello, BCC chief executive, said: “We are grateful for the expertise and knowledge that all our Board members bring to the British Ceramic Confederation. As we welcome our new president and vice president, we continue to be supported by people who are passionate about the UK ceramics industry and who bring a wealth of experience to these roles. We look forward to what the future will bring as we continue to raise awareness of the UK ceramic industry’s needs.

Edward Naylor, who will remain on the board as deputy president, said: “The past two years have certainly been busy, especially as BCC welcomed a new chief executive. There is plenty of work ahead, and I look forward to continuing to support BCC.”

The board rotation also means that Keith Barker, managing director of Wienerberger UK, will now step down as deputy president, having previously served as president and vice president.

The bi-annual Board rotation was confirmed at the BCC’s Annual General Meeting.

The BCC is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise more than 90 per cent of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.


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