David Hopkins

Chief Executive Officer, Timber Development UK

David Hopkins is Chief Executive Officer of Timber Development UK – the largest, most comprehensive supply chain body for timber in the UK. TDUK was formed by the merger of the Timber Trade Federation and the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA).

David is a former environment journalist and has written for most national broadsheets, as well as editing a number of trade and industry titles focused on utility and environmental targets. As CEO of TDUK, he is now working to unite the entire timber supply chain and promote the low-carbon benefits of timber as a sustainable building material.

“Timber and builders’ merchants sit at the very heart of the construction industry. They decide which products to stock, and they act as a vital source of information and support for the tradespeople who buy from them. During the Judging process for the Builders’ Merchants Awards it is always incredibly inspiring to see the fantastic examples of merchanting from right across the industry, and I am delighted to be able to play a part in shining a spotlight on the people and initiatives involved.”