PRESS RELEASE: BCGA announces new CEO appointment

National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has appointed a new leader to build upon the successful legacy of retiring CEO, Doug Thornton.

Ellen Daniels will join the BCGA early in 2020, before moving into the Chief Executive role in April.
Currently the Head of Public Affairs and Policy at the British Coatings Federation, Ellen joins BCGA with a remit to further develop the strong foundations established by Doug during his 14-year term in the post.

Tim Hulbert, BCGA National President, said: "Doug has played an invaluable role in broadening our safety, technical, health and environmental activities in the industrial, medical and food gases sector.
"We have grown in membership, significantly expanded our publications list and become a trusted source of information and guidance for Government departments, agencies, a wide range of industry sectors and other important audiences."

The BCGA represents the interests of more than 100 member companies in the compressed gases sector, described by the Association as the ‘invisible industry,' which makes a significant contribution to the UK's economy and environment.

Landmark initiatives have included the development of safer operating procedures for acetylene cylinders in fires, the introduction into law of the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act and coordinated activity to tackle rogue traders in metal theft and beverage gas supply.

The BCGA has also supported the safe setting up, maintenance and operation of hydrogen and natural gas filling stations for a new generation of green vehicles.
Mr Hulbert added: "Our members are at the heart of a well-regulated, long-established and highly skilled industry, which is constantly developing new technologies and opportunities.
"As we look to the future, Ellen's expertise will be invaluable in broadening our perspective.
"One of the biggest challenges our industry faces is attracting the talent of the future to our sector.

"We need to promote to the next generation of engineers, scientists, safety specialists, project managers and business developers that our industry offers the variety, opportunity and fulfilment they are looking for, and Ellen's work in public engagement will play a key role in achieving that."


Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR - 01335 368020

Notes To Editors - About BCGA

The ‘invisible industry' underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial medical and food gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day.
Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anesthesia.
The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion.

Members of BCGA operate in a highly regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

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