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Who's Who


Geoff Rhodes FIMMM MIOD  |  IOC President

Geoff has had a very interesting career in timber trade sales and marketing and is particularly well known for his pioneering work, initially driving the introduction of MDF from the USA into the British Isles and then for more than 35 years, for the significant expansion in the use of MDF in the UK and in many other international markets. As sales and marketing director for Medite Europe, Willamette Europe and then Weyerhaeuser Europe he had responsibility for establishing one of the most distinctive and innovative brands within the European timber industry and for developing an ever expanding, added value multi-million-dollar turnover business. Subsequently, as Marketing and Business Development Director for Coillte Panel Products, he actively drove and continued the brand extension and led the critical and well-established process of new product development.

He has always believed in the value of strong and dynamic timber trade organisations and to that end is a former President of the Fibre Building Board Federation (FIDOR), the European Association of MDF Manufacturers (EMB) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, (the global network for professionals in the materials cycle).

Today Geoff runs his own specialist forest products and international trade consultancy - Geoff Rhodes Associates. He has an interest in providing research for international trade, freelance journalism and promoting educational initiatives within the sector. Geoff was appointed Chair of Edinburgh Napier University's Forest Products Research Institute (FPRI) in 2011 and has played a key role for the University in developing industry funding for Post Graduate MSc scholarships.

Geoff lives in Essex and is a Liveryman of Carpenters' Company in London. He was also a 'Games Maker' volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a part of London so closely associated historically with the timber trade.

Geoff's understanding of the commercial world can add fresh and incremental experience to the IOC that will benefit both the organisation and its members.

Institute of Carpenters' board

Executive Officers
William Avery MSc MCIOB MIOD
John Taylor MBE MA MSc FCGI (Vice President)

Non executive board members
Geoff Rhodes FIMMM MIOD (IOC President)
Gary Smith FIOC (Membership Chairman)
Paul Preston FIOC (CPD Chairmain)
Marcus Jahrling FIOC 
Gary Nolan FIOC 
Marc Smith FIOC
Alan Creasey FIOC

Head Office

Denise Tabone (Admin Manager)
Nici Simpson (Administrator)



John Taylor MBE MA MSc FCGI  |  IOC Vice President

John was appointed to the board of the IOC by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 2003, at a time of transition in the Institute’s management arrangements and has been instrumental in ensuring the future success of the Institute alongside William.

John grew up in a family craft business, with a hammer and chisel in hand! His early career was in the Royal Engineers and involved the supervision and management of soldiers. John told us “I can turn my hand to most practical craft skills, and was fortunate to have had a workshop practice course as part of my Cambridge University engineering training, although the only formal recognition of my craft credentials has come much more recently through Fellowship of the City & Guilds London Institute.”

Following his 30 years with the Royal Engineers, his career has since centred around his long-standing interests in traditional building skills and has brought him into close contact with both public and voluntary sector bodies in the heritage sector. He was Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association for five years, which provided a fascinating overview of inner-city renewal programmes, and was subsequently appointed Director of the Building Crafts College - a post he held until his retirement. In retirement, John serves the sector as a member of the Carpenters’ and Masons’ Companies craft committees, Trustee of the City & Guilds of London Art School, Chairman of the Livery Companies Skills Council and a Board member of the National Heritage Training Group, the HLF Building Traditional Skills programme, and the Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme. 

John’s key role with the IOC, aside from his close links with the Carpenters’ and Masons’ Companies and his chairmanship of the Carpenters’ Craft Competition is to act as an ambassador for the institute in its dealings with outside organisations. “It strikes me that the IoC offers unparalled access to world class expertise in matters wood.”

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