Cleveland Bridge Director to lead national steelwork body
Tim Outteridge, International Sales Director at Cleveland Bridge UK, has been elected President of the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA).
Tim, who had previously served as Deputy President of the BCSA, is an experienced business development professional, with more than 25 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering and construction industries and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
As President of the BCSA, the national body for the steel construction industry, Tim will be an advocate for UK and Irish steel construction and its applications, at home and abroad, and will be a champion of industry standards. He sits on the Metals Council representing the views and interests of the BCSA membership.
Founded in 1936, the BCSA is a focal point at local, national and international levels for the steel construction industry, acting as its representative body and servicing its members on technical, legal, health & safety, and training issues. BCSA audits its members annually to ensure they are competent to undertake the type and size of project they are assessed for.
The Steel Construction Certificate Scheme (SCCS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCSA. As a UKAS notified body, SCCS provides certification services for companies in the steelwork supply chain in Quality Management Systems, Environmental and Health & Safety Management Systems, and Factory Production Control systems.
Tim’s international sales role at Cleveland Bridge places him in an ideal position to promote British steelwork, having played a key role in the sale and ongoing delivery of 500 steel bridges to improve rural infrastructure in Sri Lanka. In the company’s 150 year history Cleveland Bridge has created some of the world’s most famous steel structures, including the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, the Severn Bridge, and the Wembley Stadium Arch.
Tim Outteridge said: “It is an honour to have been elected President of the BCSA, as an organisation it makes a huge contribution to the ongoing success to the UK and Irish steelwork industry, as a cheerleader for our work at home and abroad, and by promoting best-practice, personal development and industry standards. I pledge to be an advocate of UK and Irish manufacturing and a strong supporter of the nation’s entrepreneurial skills.
“When it comes to international trade Britain stands at a crossroads, and industry must be equipped to take advantage of new and emerging global trade opportunities, while being equally prepared to deal with any turbulence created by the Government’s negotiations with the EU.
“The challenges faced by the constructional steel industry today mirrors that of many other industries. To remain competitive and meet their growth targets companies must find efficiencies, while adding value to the projects of their clients, and find the time and resources to invest in the next generation of innovative processes and products.”
Sarah McCann-Bartlett, Director General of the BCSA, said: “The success of BCSA in supporting the industry is in great part due to the commitment and hard work of individual members. Tim has already made a large contribution to the Association, and I very much look forward to working with him on key issues during his Presidency.”