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Wood Protection Association 
2021 Awards & Conference 

Event held: 22-23 September 2021 

WPA 2021 Award logo
WPA 2021 Golf winner John Freeman

A fantastic time was had by all at this year's event - and after a turbulent year it was heartwarming to finally get back together with colleagues and indeed old friends.



A big thank you to all of the sponsors who stuck with us and continued to support the WPA after several abandoned attempts at staging a live event – the whole process is funded by sponsorship.


Special thanks goes to Bond Timber sponsors of this year's Golf tournament. The individual prize was won by John Freeman of Forest Products.

WPA 2021 Award Winners

2021 Awards event sponsors:

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 created the amazing Awards crafted from modified wood ABODO.


Nominations can be made by any organisation - whether a WPA Member or not and are assessed by a panel of judges, this year being: Janet Sycamore – TDCA, Ed Suttie – BRE and WPA Chief Executive Gordon Ewbank.

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Tanalith WP logo
Wolman logo

Wood Protection Project of the Year

Sponsored by Wolman

Winner Accsys (Accoya)


Awarded to The Netherlands first ecological school - Basisschool De Verwondering

School De Verwondering Almere Accoya wooden bridge
Accoya logo
WPA 2021 Project of the year Accsys

left to right: Gordon Ewbank (WPA) Justin Peckham (Accsys) and Richard Gulland (Wolman)

Innovation Award

sponsored by Impra


New oil based wood preservative, with BPR authorisation for its use as a treatment for the long-term protection of heavy duty industrial timbers.

Tanasote Keeping Wood in the game
WPA 2021 Innovation award Tanasote

left to right: Gordon Ewbank (WPA) Steve Uphill (LSI), Stefan Schmitt (Impra) and Andy Hodge (LSI)

Treated Wood Trader of the Year

sponsored by Tanalith 

Winner Bond Timber

This Award is all about customer service and what differentiates a business from other suppliers.

Bond Timber web page
WPA 2021 Trader of the year Bond Timber

left to right: Gordon Ewbank (WPA) Shaun Getson (Bond Timber) and John Abbott (LSI)

NEW Treated Wood Campaign Award


sponsored by Koppers

winner BSW Timber

The Award goes to the business that best demonstrates its engagement with the WPA MSi4 campaign and the use of the communications and training resources.     

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BSW uc4 collection brochure
WPA 2021 Campaign Award BSW

left to right: Gordon Ewbank (WPA) Hamish Macleod (BSW) James Brennan (BSW) and Mick Boe (Koppers)

Lifetime Achievement Award


sponsored by the WPA

winner Hamish Macleod

winner David Law

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. 

WPA 2021 Lifetime Achievement Hamish Macleod

Gordon Ewbank (WPA) hands the coveted Lifetime Achievement award to Hamish Macleod 

WPA 2021 Lifetime Achievement David Law

Janet Sycamore (WPA) hands the coveted Lifetime Achievement award to David Law (retired)

Award Winners
WPA 2021 Conference

2021 Conference sponsors:

Fencing news logo
koppers logo
Tanalith logo
Wolman logo
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Our half day conference got to grips with the big issues and talking points of the wood protection industry. Guest speakers were (from left to right)  Dave Hopkins TTFNeil Ryan WPA, Gordon Ewbank WPA and Andy Leitch Confor.

– Leading the move to quality assured treated wood in the UK  Dave Hopkins
– UK Softwood supply and alternative conifer species Andy Leitch

– Construction product information, culture change in a post Grenfell era  Gordon Ewbank

– Rising to the challenge of environmental permitting Neil Ryan        

WPA 2021 conference speakers
2021 Conference
WPA 2021 event Richard Pinner

Another special thanks goes to Richard Pinner who once again amazed us with his magic and charmed us with his wit!

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