Wood Protection Association

2021 Awards & Conference 

22 & 23 September 2021

The Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry

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Our annual Awards & Conference event is back - LIVE!  


Covid 19 has impacted life in so many ways but as we emerge from lockdown, optimism about the future is gaining strength.  In June, it is expected that all legal limits on social contact will be removed by the UK government. This significant milestone has given WPA the confidence to move ahead with plans to stage our Annual Awards Dinner, Conference and Golf Competition in September.



A big thank you to all of the sponsors who have decided to back these events. From the call for nominations, the Golf tournament (this year sponsored by Bond Timber) to the after-event promotion, the whole WPA awards process is funded by sponsorship. As all businesses continue to grapple with the challenges and uncertainties of the pandemic, WPA would like to thank all of the sponsors whose continued support of the WPA Awards through these roller coaster years has been invaluable.

WPA 2021 Awards

Now in their seventh year, the Awards have become a popular annual event which showcases wood protection technology as a relevant and vital part of the timber industry. Once again, Glenalmond Timber are creating the amazing Awards crafted from modified wood ABODO.


The Awards will be presented on the evening of 22 September 2021 after a 3 course Dinner and an amazing set from magician and entertainer - Richard Pinner.


Nominations can be made by any organisation - whether a WPA Member or not. 

The closing date for nominations is 6 September and the nominations will be assessed by a panel of judges that include Sally Spencer, Editor – TTJ Magazine, Ed Suttie, Sustainability Manager – BRE and WPA Chief Executive Gordon Ewbank.

2021 Awards event sponsors:

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Wood Protection Project of the Year

sponsored by Wolman

This Award is a showcase for timber used in construction or landscaping projects where wood protection technology has been used to enhance performance or meet specific design requirements. 

Any size project completed in the last 2 years or currently under construction can be nominated. 

This Award category is open to any organisation. 

2020 Winner: Woodsafe, Wood Hotel.


Innovation Award

sponsored by Impra

Innovation is the creation of new ideas, new products and more effective ways of doing things. 

It could be the adoption of new business or marketing methods,developing improved services and solutions or new products that better meet customer needs and help a business and its customers adapt to changing standards of performance, regulatory requirements or marketing opportunities.

2020 Winner: IRO Timber

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2020 Winner: James Jones

Treated Wood Trader of the Year

sponsored by Lonza Wood Protection

This Award is all about customer service. Entry is open to any business producing, distributing or selling preservative or flame-retardant pre-treated wood or wood-based panel products in the UK. 

Applicants should focus on what differentiates their business from other suppliers and helps them to retain and build customer loyalty as a key part of business success. Customer testimonials can be taken into account.

NEW Treated Wood Campaign Award

sponsored by Koppers

In March 2021, the TTF and WPA launched a campaign to grow demand for preservative treated wood. The focus of the campaign is to raise supply chain and buyer awareness about how to specify treated wood correctly and improve how treated wood products are described in sales and marketing materials. 

The campaign foreshadows the move by TTF suppliers of treated wood to adopt third-party quality verification of products by July 2022.

The Award will go to the business that best demonstrates its engagement with the campaign and the use of the communications and training resources available from the WPA and TTF.     


2020 Winner: Willie Clason

Lifetime Achievement Award

sponsored by the WPA

This award is for individuals who have dedicated more than 25 years to the wood protection industry and are approaching the end of their career or have recently retired. 


They may specialise in treatment plant operation, product development, technical support, sales, marketing or general management. Whatever the role of the individuals nominated for this award, their sustained commitment, professionalism and significant contribution to the success of the industry has been exemplary and recognised by colleagues, customers and wood protection industry peers alike.

WPA 2021 Conference

Our half day conference on the morning of Thursday 23 September, gets to grips with the big issues and talking points of the wood protection industry.  We have an excellent line up of guest speakers:

Keynote Speech
Leading the move to quality assured treated wood in the UK

Dave Hopkins TTF, CEO


In November 2020, members of the TTF took a landmark decision. They voted unanimously to move to third-party quality certification for preservative treated wood by July 2022.  Our keynote speaker, Dave Hopkins, TTF Chief Executive, reveals how TTF members, who account for over 80% of the £10 billion UK timber industry, are getting along in meeting this target as part of the TTF Action Plan to improve buyer know-how about treated wood quality and grow demand. 


UK Softwood supply and alternative conifer species

Andy Leitch, Deputy CEO, Confor  


There is increasing concern about the continuity of supply of the current coniferous species that provide the majority of commercial softwoods in the UK. Andy Leitchwill describe how the UK forestry industry is planning to meet the product needs of the downstream timber supply chain and considers if introducing alternative softwood species for use by the UK timber treatment industry is a viable strategy to develop the opportunities for wood as a sustainable construction material.  


Construction products regulation and standards in the post Grenfell fire era
Gordon Ewbank


Two important reforms are taking place in the construction industry to address the failings identified by the Hackitt Review of the Grenfell Fire. The first is the establishment of a National Regulator for construction products and the second is publication of a new Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) which will set the standard for construction product information. Both initiatives are intended to tackle the credibility challenge facing the building industry following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Rising to the challenges of the Industrial Emissions Directive
Neil Ryan, WPA Regulatory Affairs Advisor


Brexit and UK regulatory body interpretation of the EU Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BREF) associated with the Industrial Emission Directive (IED) is likely to place new and sometimes differing challenges on the timber treatment plants in all four regions of the UK. WPA Regulator affairs Advisor, Neil Ryan, takes the lid off IED regulations and offers guidance on how best to deal with the regional regulatory bodies.

Question Time – our panel of Speakers answer questions           

Book Your Place - WPA 2021 Awards & Conference

WPA Members

The cost is £195 + VAT per person. This is a 24-hour delegate rate for members of the WPA and covers the Awards reception, dinner, after dinner entertainment, bed, breakfast, conference and lunch.  Table sizes for the Awards evening are limited to 8 people and the total number of delegates is limited to 80. 

WPA Annual Golf Competition

Kindly sponsored by Bond Timber, the competition is at 11.00am on the Wednesday morning (22 September), at the Windmill Village Hotel’s 18 hole, 5184 Yards, Par 70 golf course . 

The fee per golfer (WPA member or guest) is £25.