The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has elected two new board directors, to further strengthen its representation of small to medium compressed air distributor members.

Wendy Hayward, Managing Director of Aircare Compressor Services Ltd and Dean Horn, Sales Director at Wearside Pneumatics Limited have now joined the team, with a remit to help enhance the range of services and support provide to distributors, which comprise over 50 per cent of the society’s membership base.

Wendy Haywood

In 1994, Wendy joined Aircare Compressor Services Limited (Aircare), which at that time was a fledging family business set up by her father Brian in 1991. Then, only four-people strong and operating from Brian’s family home, Aircare presented diversity, opportunity, and scope for Wendy in a new industry. Wendy became Managing Director of Aircare in 2010 and the business now operates from branches in Corby and Nottingham.

Wendy commented: “I am excited by the challenge. Distribution is a thriving compressor sales channel in the UK, comprising many small to medium businesses that have built up impressive customer portfolios and technical knowledge over the years. However, as SMEs they face numerous challenges, such as staying abreast of legislative and regulatory change and ensuring staff are trained and developed continually – all while managing their own business and employees.

“I hope that with my 30 years’ experience in distribution I can bring first-hand experience of these challenges to the board and work with the team to further support our distributor members.”

Dean Horn

Dean has been working in the compressed air industry since 2006, holding numerous roles for Wearside Pneumatics, include office management, branch management and latterly as Sales Director.

Dean commented: “After more than 16 years in the industry, I felt it was time to give something back and am delighted to have this opportunity to help further support our distributor network.

“BCAS has an excellent reputation for providing timely and accurate information, backed by industry-leading training to its members; helping them to stay compliant and safe. I am hoping to provide insight on how this information can be tailored further to support distributors, especially around the areas of energy-reduction and legislative compliance.

Vanda Jones, BCAS Executive Director concluded: “We send a warm welcome to Wendy and Dean and congratulate them on their new appointments.

“The British Compressed Air Society is committed to helping compressed air users operate more efficiently, compliantly and safely, so it is essential that we communicate effectively with all our members.

“From providing guidance on mitigating health and safety risks, to implementing compressed air energy saving initiatives during a time of unprecedented price increases, our distribution members have a key role to play in shaping the future of our industry. We look forward to working with Wendy and Dean to better support our members in these challenging times.”