Dalkeith business owner lands plumb new role
The Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) of Scotland and Northern Ireland has appointed Robin Hall, owner of RD Hall Plumbing and Heating Engineers of Dalkeith, as new president to lead the campaigning trade association as it continues to guide the industry towards Covid’s recovery .
He will take the reins at the SNIPEF AGM starting May 21 and will act as Vice President. He succeeds Neil Hadden of Elgin, whose presidency was extended by one year during the Covid emergency.
Robin has held a number of leadership positions at SNIPEF over the course of 20 years, including as Junior Vice President, Vice President and President of the Edinburgh Department.
He founded his Dalkeith company in 1994 and currently employs three people.
Robin said of his new role: “After an unprecedented year in which Neil Hadden and SNIPEF CEO Fiona Hodgson took the profession through uncharted waters, I believe I will take on the role at a time when we can be a little more optimistic.
“There is no doubt that the industry suffered badly during the Covid year when only emergency work could be done.
“The impact on employment, training and apprenticeships was serious, but I think we are now getting back on track.
“The fact remains that Scotland and Northern Ireland are short of skilled, qualified plumbers and heating technicians, whose expertise will be vital as the country pursues the energy efficiency goals necessary for the transition to a net zero economy.”
Robin stated that he is committed to the goals outlined in the SNIPEF election manifesto, including: the transition to net zero; labor matters; Fair Work measures, such as project bank accounts and deductions measures; and title protection.
He said: “I am extremely excited to continue with title protection, which I believe is fundamental to the integrity of the profession.
“As a simple matter of public safety, those who work in the industry must do so in a safe and competent manner.”
Robin also paid tribute to the work of the SNIPEF team in helping to establish the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum – a unique collaboration of trade associations, professional associations, companies and individuals, who came together to protect and guide the industry through the devastation of the pandemic.
He said: “The Forum was quick and determined to get construction back on track, and it was invaluable support for employers and staff alike. However, it also brought the industry together in a way that had not been seen before, to work towards a common goal.
“While the immediate constraints of the Covid year are diminishing, the work of the Forum will continue, with unanimity, dedication and determination to not only save the industry, but improve and expand it. I will fully support SNIPEF’s continued collaboration. “
Neil Hadden said, “I am quitting after an eventful tenure, but I couldn’t put the baton in better hands than Robin’s. I know he will do everything possible to grow and develop the Federation’s key role in the industry. “