AMDEA Chief Executive to retire

The Chief Executive of AMDEA (the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances), Douglas Herbison, has announced he is retiring on 12 April after 13 years at the helm.

There has been no word yet on who will replace him in this role.

Since joining AMDEA in 2006, Mr Herbison has overseen expansion of the membership, widened recognition of its technical expertise in developing product standards and led innovative campaigns on key contemporary issues, critical for the appliance industry.

Today, the Association provides a voice for over 60 leading brands of large and small appliances, working alongside government, regulators, standards bodies, business and consumer advocates.

Under Mr Herbison’s direction, AMDEA was instrumental in the creation of the Joint Trade Associations Group (JTA) to propose schemes for improving the UK WEEE system, and won the British Standards Institution (BSI) Industry Leadership Award for leading the way in safety standards in the UK and wider world.

During this time, AMDEA also created its first consumer campaigns to drive awareness of the energy and water savings of high efficiency white goods, the role of appliances in recovery of value from food waste and most recently, with Register My Appliance, the importance for home safety of product registration.

In thanking Mr Herbison for his role in raising the organisation’s profile, Teresa Arbuckle, AMDEA Chair, said: “We appreciate the important contribution Douglas has made to AMDEA, and the white goods industry, in his career within the organisation and wish him well in his retirement.”