IDE President to support the Alzheimer’s Society during his term of office

As members are aware, with each new Presidential term, the incoming President chooses a worthwhile charity to support during their term of office.  We are pleased to announce that Richard Dolman FIDE, has chosen to support the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to his heart, and there are many ways you can help him with his fundraising goals.

For those of you unfamiliar with this charity, the Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading Dementia charity.  They campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with Dementia today.  Did you know that Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer and that someone develops it every 3 minutes and sadly, there is currently no cure.  To understand more about Dementia click here

Throughout the year, the Alzheimer’s Society have a variety of events for you to get involved with, kicking off with Dementia Action Week from 17th-23rd May 2021 which includes Denim for Dementia,  then later in the Autumn the Memory Walk that can be done with just you and your family, or in a much bigger group (restrictions permitting)  and then there’s Elf Day that takes place over the festive period to name just a few.

Your help to support this amazing charity will be invaluable and for this purpose the IDE have set up a Just Giving page for any donations you may wish to make.  Every donation you make will be dedicated to the Alzheimer’s Society, whether you have chosen to organise your own event or attending one organised by the IDE you will be raising money to power life-changing dementia research and supporting those people who are being affected by Dementia today.  Thank you 



NFDC officially announces the appointment of William Crooks as President

NFDC, the leading trade body for the demolition industry, officially announces the appointment of Derby-based Cawarden’s Managing Director, William Crooks, as President following this morning’s 80th Annual General Meeting of the Federation.

Presidential roles within NFDC are appointed biennially, typically via a traditional ceremonial handover of the Chain of Office at AGM events hosted by NFDC for members and special guests of the demolition industry. The ceremonial handover this morning was instead witnessed virtually by 100+ members via an online AGM, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings. NFDC shared tentative plans for a member event to celebrate and commemorate the 80-year anniversary since the Federation’s foundation later this year where members will be able to raise a toast to the new President in person, assuming the Covid-19 roadmap back to normality remains on course.

The President’s role at NFDC is a significant undertaking and includes leading the NFDC National Council – a steering committee made up of representatives from all NFDC regions who help to define the agenda for key Federation activity which ultimately benefits the wider demolition industry.

On his appointment to the role, William Crooks said “30 years ago I was one of a two-man band and now I’m NFDC President. The day Cawarden became members of the NFDC was a massive source of pride for me and the entire Cawarden workforce and my appointment today evokes the same feelings of pride for all of us. The Federation itself, many fellow demolition contractors and the demolition industry as a whole have come from humble beginnings, yet we’re all going from strength to strength. I understand that the role of NFDC President is both a privilege and a responsibility and I look forward to helping shape and further improve the NFDC for the benefit of members and the demolition industry over my term.”

William Crooks, former Vice President of the NFDC, former Chairman for NFDC Midlands & Welsh region and current Chair of the NFDC Finance Committee, will be supported during his 2021 – 2023 term in office by Gary Bishop, of Bromley Demolition and immediate past President of the IDE, in the role of Vice President and the newly elected 2nd Vice President, John Lynch of Midlands & Welsh region member company, Newline Demolition.

On handing the Presidential baton over, Keltbray’s Holly Price passed on her thanks to William for his support as Vice President during her challenging two-year term in office, along with good wishes for success in the role. Despite the impact of Covid-19 on the Federation’s strategic plans and the absence of renowned member events during the past year, Holly brought some of the softer issues in demolition to the forefront, particularly Mental Health and Wellbeing and Diversity in demolition. With energy and commitment to Federation business throughout her tenure, Holly’s Presidency was valued by the wider NFDC leadership team and the membership of some 140 demolition contractors and 90 industry service providers.

NFDC CEO, Howard Button, added “On behalf of everyone at NFDC, we thank Holly Price for her dedication to the Federation from 2019 to 2021 and congratulate William on his new appointment. We trust he will enjoy a positive and productive term in office.”

Author:  Bryony Saletes, Marketing Coordinator, NFDC & NDTG

he content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers.


In the Know: Circular Economy

During the IDE Virtual Spring National held on 25th February we were lucky enough to welcome a newcomer to our talented list of  Speakers.  Julia Messenger, Sustainability Advisor for BAM Construct UK Ltd, joined us to present on Circular Economy.

A Circular Economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Julia’s presentation was interesting and informative and she is very keen to hear from members who have a definite interest in this subject matter.  To see her presentation click Moving to a Circular Economy .  To connect with Julia complete her survey here 

Engineering Council release their Guidance on Sustainability

During the last 12 months the  Engineering Council have been busy reviewing their Guidance on Sustainability

Many comments have been contributed and several Professional Affiliates formed part of that review.  They have now launched  a digital version of the revised guidance along with revamped/updated supporting webpage links, useful documents etc.  A more formal launch is planned for the Spring  along with the 2020 revised Standards and, with NEPC partners, considering how it could be included at the COP26 later in the year.

To read the revised Guidance on Sustainability and supporting materials click on the following link:

FREE online Covid-19 e-course launched by CITB


The CITB have issued a free online course for managing COVID 19 on construction sites – to find our more click here
The course takes only 1 hour of your time and you will receive a certificate when successfully completed

David Jolly RIP

Lessons Learned: A Message from the IDE President

Dear Members,

In my speech at last year’s AGM, I mentioned the importance of collaborating and working together to improve standards throughout our industry. I also encouraged us all to be open and honest about reporting incidents and sharing best practice. I plan to lead by example during my tenure as your president.

AR Demolition is a company which places great emphasis on safe working environments – for our staff, subcontractors, client personnel and the general public, both in and around our project sites. Demolition by its nature can be a highly dangerous and risk-filled sector and our endeavour is to minimise or eliminate the many risks at every stage of our complex processes.

However, despite our rigorous approach incidents do happen and we recently experienced one such incident at a project site in Nottingham. Click on the following link to read all about it HSE alert No… underground voids v1.

Fortunately no one was hurt but we are working with our client to undergo a full investigation. In the meantime, I wanted to share our initial views on the incident – and lessons to learn.

It’s precisely because we have such a focus on safety that I want to share this with you. We should all be honest in our reporting and diligent in our approach to standards. That way, we can collectively improve safety across the sector and raise the profile of the industry as a whole..

Please feel free to contact me or discuss among the members.

With best wishes,

Richard Dolman FIDE, IDE President


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Demolition Expo and Letsrecycle Live rescheduled to 15-16 September 2021

In light of the ongoing pandemic, co-located events Demolition Expo and Letsrecycle Live have been rescheduled to 15-16 September 2021 at NAEC Stoneleigh, Coventry.

The showcase exhibition and conference event for the demolition, waste and recycling sectors takes place every two years and was due to be held in May 2021. Now with uncertainty continuing around the holding of events in the first part of the year, the September date has been confirmed by the organisers.

Howard Button, CEO at NFDC, said “It is with heavy heart that we have collectively made the decision to postpone the eagerly anticipated Demolition Expo, but Safety is paramount and common sense must prevail during these times. With a new September date to look forward to, we continue to work closely with the team at Letsrecycle Live to create an exciting show for exhibitors, visitors and the connected industries to remember. We’d like to thank Demolition Expo exhibitors and supporters for their understanding.” 

Rob Mowat, Director at Environment Media Group – the team behind Letsrecycle Live – said, “Following consultations with key stakeholders, the show has been rescheduled until after the summer holiday period. While there is cautious optimism surrounding the vaccination programme, the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors and the wider community remains our number one priority.  

We are pleased to confirm the new dates which also allow us time to further develop the show and increase its overall size. This allows more space for exciting show features such as new arenas for demonstrations and more indoor and outdoor exhibition areas which cater for the increased demand for space we have experienced. We would like to thank our visitors, exhibitors and partners for their support and patience and look forward to welcoming everyone in September.” 

Demolition Expo and Letsrecycle Live are free to attend and will offer two action-packed days of seminars, demonstrations and networking. The indoor and outdoor setting at Stoneleigh provides a unique environment to learn, socialise and build lasting business relationships with other industry professionals.

More than 3,000 visitors and 160 exhibitors attended the inaugural event in 2019 with over 5,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors anticipated at the 2021 event.

The event is organised by the Environment Media Group, parent company of leading news and information provider for the waste and recycling sector,

More information on Demolition Expo and Letsrecycle Live can be found via the websites: and

Author: Natalie Barlow, NFDC

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