Karen Drinkwater re-elected to serve second year as BPF president

KAREN Drinkwater has been re-elected as president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

Karen, a founding director of JSC Rotational Limited, was re-elected to serve for a second year at the trade association’s recent AGM. Nigel Flowers, MD of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK, was elected as vice president.

The BPF revealed it welcomed 43 new members in 2021.

Karen Drinkwater chaired the BPF’s rotational moulding group for many years before she was elected president. Starting the second year of her tenure, she was thanked by BPF director General Philip Law for her continued insights and guidance during challenging and uncertain times.

In her report to the BPF’s members, Karen recounted highlights from the previous year, including the parliamentary reception where she discussed core issues with Lee Rowley MP, the parliamentary under secretary of state in the department for business, energy and industrial strategy.

Karen’s speech also mentioned the issues the plastics industry faces including bouncing back from the pandemic, increased energy costs, supply chain issues and securing staff. Thanking the BPF council and staff for their support, she stated, “We still face many challenges – but by working together, the UK plastics industry will seize the opportunities and continue to excel.”