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Shield Services Group Chairman, Luke House, reappointed to ARCA Governing Council

Shield Services Group Chairman, Luke House, has been re-elected to the Governing Council of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

Initially elected in 2021, by his peers within ARCA to join their Governing Council, Shield Services Group Chairman, Luke House, is looking forward to continuing working alongside other council members to address the challenges facing the industry.

Asked about his re-election, Luke commented, “It was an honour to initially be appointed to the Governing Council of ARCA, and the re-election is just as motivating. This industry has provided the foundation for Shield and our success over the past 43 years, and to be able to contribute to the strategic direction of the Association and help to drive our industry forward is really important to me.”

The recent ARCA AGM covered various topics that are challenging the industry, in particular, the recovery from the pandemic and the availability of operatives to tackle the ongoing presence of asbestos. Luke shared the following thoughts, “The AGM focussed on some of the challenges facing the industry as a whole, and these were put across well by each of the speakers, especially Archie Mitchell from the HSE, who presented some key data on the level of notifiable works actioned over the past 12 months. There is no question that there is still a lag in activity as a result of the pandemic, but positive signs can be seen, especially when we understand that Shield accounted for more than 10% of those works.

Linked to the capacity for work within the industry, it is clear that there is an ongoing challenge around the number of new workers coming into the industry.  ARCA and its members have to come together to demonstrate the appeal of the industry in an effort to create a pipeline of new younger talent that can help to take the industry forward.”

All of the team at Shield send their congratulations to Luke, and cannot wait to see how the relationship develops further.

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