Robin James, who served as the managing director of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) for over 20 years, has taken on a new role as Operations Director at the Temporary Works Forum (TWf).
James officially left the NASC on October 31, 2022, after significantly increasing NASC membership numbers and staff during his tenure.
In his new role at TWf, James aims to advance the forum’s essential work while promoting greater industry engagement. He announced his intent to share further updates at the next TWf quarterly meeting, which will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London on June 14, 2023.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the TWf members, and the wider temporary works community,” said James.
“I am delighted to accept the challenge of taking the vital work of the TWf forward to the next level, and the equally important task of promoting greater engagement with its work by the wider industry.”
During his time at the NASC, James played a crucial role in raising the profile of the NASC Hire, Sale and Manufacturing Committee. One of his key achievements includes the development of the NASC Code of Practice Product audit. This initiative set minimum standards for core scaffolding products supplied to the UK scaffold contracting sector by NASC supplier members.
James has also engaged extensively with UK industry stakeholder bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Construction Leadership Council (CLC), Build UK, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Access Industry Forum (AIF), Joint Tax Committee (JTC), and CLG Group. His work helped forge and develop key relationships to benefit the NASC contracting membership within the construction sector.
In his statement, James also paid tribute to his predecessor at the TWf, David Thomas, who will retire as TWf Secretary and Director after the June quarterly meeting. “David’s diligence and dedication has helped the TWf make its mark upon the industry. I feel honoured to be asked to take this forward, and I look forward to your support and engagement,” James added.
James’s appointment to the TWf marks a vital step in continuing the forum’s mission. His wealth of experience and established industry relationships are anticipated to contribute significantly to the advancement of the Temporary Works Forum in the coming years.