For immediate release, June 9th 2020
TrustMark is sad to announce the departure of Ranil Jayawardena MP, its Chairman of almost two years.
Ranil joined the TrustMark Board as Chairman in September 2018, alongside his other Board colleagues when TrustMark appointed a new independent Board to support the new responsibilities and challenges. This followed the industry-led and Government-commissioned 2016 Each Home Counts, which identified a requirement for an all-encompassing mark of quality for consumers to recognise and trust. TrustMark was chosen to be the brand of the quality mark, with clean growth and energy efficiency being a key focus of the scheme.
With the support of Ranil, TrustMark has gone from strength to strength including TrustMark's presence in the new ECO3: improving consumer protection regulation, ensuring all contractors operating within the ECO environment, completing energy improvements on people’s homes are registered with TrustMark and working under the requirements of the TrustMark Framework Operating Requirement (FOR). This provides consumers with high levels of confidence and protection when choosing a TrustMark Registered Business to have work carried out in and around their home. The corporate fundamentals of the organisation are stronger too, ensuring it is fit for the future.
Ranil said: “It has been wonderful to serve as Chairman of TrustMark (2005) Limited since September 2018. TrustMark is an organisation that has served for the common good embedded at every level. It has been a pleasure working with the Chief Executive, Simon Ayers, on the turnaround that was needed – and has now been delivered – to enable this service.
“Whilst there was more that I wanted to achieve, together with all involved at TrustMark, I have accepted the invitation to join HM Government as Minister for International Trade. This has long been a personal interest, which led me to sit on the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee from its creation in 2016, immediately after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. We are at a critical moment for British business, as we all strive to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis, and it is a privilege to have been asked to support this endeavour in this way.
“TrustMark is a very different organisation to the one I joined, just short of two years ago. Much has been done, but there is much more still to do. I am confident that TrustMark will continue to go from strength to strength – under the leadership of its Chief Executive and Interim Chairman, Lynn Hugo – and I wish all at TrustMark and its partners well in the future.”
Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “Although everyone at TrustMark is sorry to say goodbye to Ranil, the Board and the team would like to thank him for his support and guidance over the past two years and we wish him all the very best for the future.”