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TDCA announces guest speaker for annual members' meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2016

THURSDAY 07 JULY 2016, ARDEN HOTEL & Leisure Club, (1 mile from Birmingham international airport)


As well as the statutory business of the AGM and the unveiling of a brand new TDCA website, we also have two excellent guest speakers this year. 



Anna Metcalfe of Cantaloupe Marketing will talk about the best ways to develop a top ranking new website

Anna runs Cantaloupe – a small and personable marketing company that supports businesses with their marketing in terms of strategic planning and practical activities, on an ad hoc or ongoing basis. Cantaloupe can offer a highly skilled freelance resource or a hand-picked team providing the specialist skills required. A bespoke and trusted service, Cantaloupe can offer real day-to-day value and help businesses, small and large, to take their marketing forward cost effectively and productively.

Having worked in the marketing industry for more than 20 years, Anna possesses a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the field, gleaned from a combination of employment and freelance work. Completing a marketing degree in 1991, Anna has been a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) since 2000, following attainment of the Institute’s Diploma in Marketing in 1997. Freelance clients past and present have been varied in both market type and size. Most recently, Anna has been working in the timber industry with treatment provider, WJ Group in addition to the TDCA.

When not embroiled in marketing, Anna can often be found walking the dogs with her family in the Worcestershire hills or attempting to improve her dog agility skills. She also enjoys trying to grow some of her own vegetables each year – not always successfully!



Dr Ivor Davies of Centre for Wood Science and Technology, Edinburgh Napier University will give you a insight into Part 2 of the cladding standard BS8605

Ivor is a wood scientist and technologist with almost 30 years’ experience in the timber products sector. He joined Edinburgh Napier University as a research fellow in 2003 and is part of the team for which the University was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize in 2015 for the impact of its work on timber engineering and wood science.


Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier he had worked in various technical roles including at the Forestry Commission and in a manufacturing joinery company. Ivor is active in post-graduate teaching; research, development and consultancy; PhD supervision and provision of continuous professional development for architects and engineers. His research interests include wood-water relations, timber facades, sustainable construction and timber grading; he has published widely on these topics. Ivor has been visiting lecturer at several universities and is a frequent speaker at academic conferences in the UK and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and peer reviews for several scientific journals.