The WPA is a not for profit trade association and together with its members, has a shared vision – to champion the use of timber as a building material.


We do this in two ways:

  1. by acting as a technical and advisory body providing guidance to specifiers, contractors, engineers and architects on the best ways to ensure wood is fit for its intended purpose.

  2. by actively promoting and developing the technology that enhances the performance and value of sustainable softwood products – mainly through preservation, wood modification or flame retardant treatment. 

Meet the Team

Many of the Management team and Board members also sit on other industry committees and working groups which further enhances the scope of work the WPA can get involved with.

Gordon Ewbank


Gordon has over 30 years experience in the wood protection industry, both as a company director and a leading industry representative on technical standards, quality and regulatory control.

Stephen J Young


Former Director of Operations and Company Secretary with the WPA, Steve's role now includes looking after corporate governance, reputation management and communications strategy. 

Janet Sycamore

Company Secretary

Janet is the current Director of Operations at the Timber Decking & Cladding Association and has over 30 years experience in the wood protection industry with a background in chemistry.

Dr Chris Coggins

Quality & Standards Director

Chris has an extensive technical knowledge and sits on many BSI committees. He is regularly consulted by organisations with influence over building standards such as NBS and NHBC.

Barbara Westmoreland

Marketing Consultant

Barbara has marketing experience and industry knowledge gained from working in the timber treatment sector as well as extensive creative design skills. She also works at the TDCA.

Caroline Hewison

Business Support Administrator

The back office would not run without Caroline who also works in a similar role over at the Timber Decking & Cladding Association. Caroline has experience within the education and legal sectors.


The WPA work closely with the Timber Trade Federation and the Timber Decking & Cladding Association – sharing projects, knowledge and resources:

Timber Trade Federation (TTF)

A business support organisation for the UK timber supply chain. Its members include timber importers, agents, distributors, merchants and manufacturers. The WPA works closely with the TTF on all matters concerning wood protection under a strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the UK market for treated wood. 


Timber Decking & Cladding Association (TDCA)

An independent technical and advisory body for the timber decking and cladding industry. Providing advice, guidance and training resources and a database of approved suppliers and installers. TDCA operates the Deckmark and Cladmark quality assurance schemes.  The WPA share vital resources with the TDCA, occupying the same registered office.

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Again, in collaboration with BRE we are conducting a long term controlled field trial of sawn and pressure treated British Softwood posts at two sites with differing soil conditions – one in Scotland and one in England. In all, some 1,560 samples of treated and untreated spruce, pine, Douglas fir and larch posts have been installed across the two sites.

The WPA has commissioned Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help them understand how treated timber performs in the context of air quality within buildings. Such evidence can actively support the continued safe and appropriate use of wood preservatives to enhance the performance of timber used in construction.

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The WPA has the following classes of Membership:

Manufacturers for businesses or corporate bodies engaged in the production of formulations, materials, products and the process technology used to enhance the properties of wood. 


Timber Treaters for businesses or corporate bodies involved in the production of enhanced wood products. 

Commercial for businesses or corporate bodies involved in the commercial production or supply of products or services associated with wood protection or the disposal of treated wood. 


Trade, Technical and Learned Bodies for consultancies, businesses or timber trade organisations/associations and universities with an interest in wood protection technology. 


Personal for individual consultants and scientists or researchers with an interest in wood protection technology.


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All of our resources are free to view and download. Please contact us if you have questions about any aspect of wood protection specification, quality assurance or application good practice.

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