Yvonne Orgill was appointed chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) in 2006. She sits on many forums with the UK Government and the European Commission and regularly attends meetings to represent the UK bathroom industry. Yvonne is also the new CEO of the Unified Water Label
A lifetime in bathrooms
Posted 5th Nov 2018
Everyone has a bathroom at home so it is part of daily life, but for me, bathrooms also form my world of work, and what a 33 years it has been.
I have met so many wonderful people and organisations, built lasting relationships and, I hope, contributed to some significant changes over the years. I have loved my time with the BMA, the highs and the lows, but as with all organisations there comes a time when a fresh approach is needed.
The industry is moving forward. There are many challenges ahead and the next phase of the BMA’s growth will benefit from a new CEO. The advert has been written and the hunt is on for a dynamic person with vitality and energy to take on the role. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person who will steer the association to go much further than it has ever been.
I will still be involved with the BMA in a non-executive role, but am planning on having some ‘me time’. There are so many things that I want to do, with spending more time with my family and grandchildren at the top of the list.
I feel privileged to have had so many wonderful years with the BMA and proud to have been the first female CEO, despite the rather traditional views about women in such positions that were around at the time. I am pleased that, during my time, I have seen the industry change with the introduction of more females in key positions.
The BMA was not in a good place when I took on the role; it had been through a turbulent time and had only 15 members. I am pleased to be leaving it in a much better position, with 65 groups that represent some of the most well-known brands in the industry, and 18 affiliate members.
The UK market is in good shape. I have seen it expand with more quality brands and an embracing of technology which is driving innovation. I am particularly pleased with the progress of the Water Label. With 144 brands supporting the unified Water Label and 12,500 products, it is becoming well established and a European wide voluntary agreement is on the horizon.
My wish is that the BMA will continue to thrive and remain known and respected as the voice for the industry for many years to come and I wish my successor and the team all the very best.
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