Board of Directors

New Director Joins UKATA

UKATA is delighted to announce the appointment of Ali Rees (Evans) of Caerphilly County Borough Council, to the Board of Directors from 1st November 2023.

The UKATA Board of Directors comprises of elected individuals from the membership of the association, and whose function is to provide strategic direction and governance.

UKATA Directors have a responsibility to understand the environment in which the association is operating and to lead the association in fulfilling its purpose as effectively as possible with the resources available.

Ali’s role as a learning and development professional for the last 22 years has given her significant insight and experience in ensuring all learning interventions are effective and provide valuable return on investment. Since working in local authority, Ali has been delivering asbestos training and creating a pool of resources to assist with duty holder responsibilities for a portfolio of 600 premises and 100 housing stock.

Passionate about keeping individuals safe, Ali’s dedication comes from her personal experience of losing a family member and work colleague to mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of several of the body's organs. This disease is usually linked to asbestos exposure.

It mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also affect the lining of the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles.

More than 2,700 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the UK. Most cases are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over, and men are affected more commonly than women.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to cure mesothelioma, although treatment can help control the symptoms.

As director, Ali will use her skills in business, HR, organisational development, and performance management to support UKATA to move forward and maintain its status as a leading trade association.

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Speaking of the new appointment, UKATA Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans said “Following our board meeting in October 2023, the board of directors have unanimously agreed to co-opt Ali Rees (Evans) from Caerphilly County Borough Council as a non-licensed director of UKATA. Ali has always been very supportive of UKATA, and we very much look forward to working with her more closely”.

Ali commented "I’d like to thank UKATA for giving me this opportunity. I am very much looking forward to working with them in our collective aim of ensuring effective management of asbestos in the UK through positive training solutions".

UKATA, a leading association, is dedicated to enhancing the quality and standards of asbestos training with the aim to shield workers and the public from the hazards of asbestos exposure.

The association collaborates closely with its members to guarantee that they have access to the latest information, training resources, and industry updates. They provide a suite of support services to assist them in accomplishing their training objectives. Their membership encompasses a diverse array of organisations involved in asbestos training, including training providers, asbestos removal contractors, consultants, and equipment suppliers.

UKATA is fervent about promoting safe and responsible working practices, committed to working with members and partners to realise a shared vision of protecting workers and the public from the hazards linked with asbestos exposure.

Published on Wednesday 6th December 2023