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SATRA and NBF seal support deal as Hargreaves swaps roles

bedThe National Bed Federation and testing and research company SATRA have agreed a new partnership.

The agreement comes as Tristine Hargreaves, NBF technical manager for the past four years, prepares to move to SATRA as divisional manager of its furniture and flooring section. She will take up the role next month.Phil Reynolds has moved to a consultancy role.

Hargreaves has more than 27 years of experience in the furniture industry, having worked directly for manufacturers, importers, retailers and trade associations, including FIRA and NBF. Currently a technical committee member on many BSI furniture, textile and flammability standards committees, she also represents BSI on European and international standard committees relating to furniture and flammability.

‘We are delighted to appoint Tristine to this senior management position at SATRA, which further strengthens our commitment to offer world-class services to the furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings industries. We have ambitious plans for the division, investing in further testing capacity, expanding our training and consultancy services and enhancing our technical knowledge hub,’ says John Hooker, SATRA chief executive.

‘We are very sad to see Tristine go. However, it’s great news that is not goodbye, as our new partnership with SATRA will ensure we continue to receive and deliver excellent technical support and advice for the NBF and our members,’ says Jessica Alexander, NBF executive director.

‘The package of support from SATRA for NBF membership – all of which is free of charge for members – includes: dedicated email advice for any specific technical queries; regular feedback, consultation and updates on developments in British, European and international standards and on REACH and other chemical-related topics and technical support on queries relating to the NBF’s Code of Practice audits.’