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Lathams Chairman Recognised in New Years Honours

Peter Latham, Chairman of James Latham plc has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list and has been awarded an OBE for his services to the wood industry.

A long term advocate of sustainable forestry, Peter, who was appointed Chairman of James Latham plc in 2006, is also UK Chairman of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) as well as being a past President of the Institute of Wood Science. He is also former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trades Federation and is a Trustee of the Commonwealth Forestry Association.

James Latham is one of Britain’s oldest timber companies in the UK which began importing hardwoods into Liverpool in 1757. The company has now developed into a leading importer and distributor of panel products, joinery quality softwood and hardwood and hardwood flooring, operating from ten UK sites.

Sustainable forestry and a strong environmental policy are of paramount importance to James Latham. The company is a member and supporter of the Timber Trade Federation and was the first signatory to the Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy. The company also maintains a strong environmental policy across the entire business with all ten depots being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and PEFC certified.

Commenting on his award, Peter Latham said, "This is a tremendous honour and I feel very humbled to have received it. The timber industry is a great industry and a lot of people within it work extremely hard to encourage sustainable forestry management and responsible purchasing and I feel very privileged to have been a part of this. "