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TTA Expert Receives Award

HEAD of Shackerley Holdings Group and director of The Tile Association (TTA), Brian Newell has received the inaugural International Standards Maker award from the British Standards Institution (BSI) in recognition of his ‘significant contribution to the development of European and international standards’ for the worldwide ceramics industry.
Brian, who has worked in the industry for over 50 years, chairs the TTA’s technical committee. He first became involved in standards work in the 1980s when he joined the technical committee of the Master Tile Fixers Association and helped to develop and draft the very first suite of British Tile Installation Standards (BS5385 Parts 1-5) and the first Workmanship on Site Standard (BS8000).
He went on to represent BSI as principal expert on the working group that drafted the first set of European standards covering the design and installation of ceramic tiling, a complex undertaking that took over 12 years to complete. And for 25 years, he has represented BSI and the UK, and latterly led its delegation, on committees tasked with harmonising ceramics and adhesives European standards.
He is now the UK delegation leader on the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) main technical committee. In 2012 he was made convenor of a new working group established to develop the very first set of internationally recognised standards to cover ceramic wall and floor tile installation.

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