FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Managing Director of TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd has become the Vice Chairman of the Ladder Association.
David Gray takes on the prestigious role in the UK-wide industry membership association which issues guidance, campaigns for safety, and organises training for people working at height.
Mr Gray has been involved with the association for eight years and has worked for family firm TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd for more than 30 years. The ladder specialist company celebrated its 75th anniversary in November 2020 and Mr Gray is the great grandson of its founder, Thomas Bryn Davies.
Mr Gray said: “With over two million ladders in daily use in the UK alone, and falls from height the number one killer in the workplace, there is a clear need for training. The Ladder Association plays such an important role in driving up standards and improving health and safety in the construction, warehousing, retail, and manufacturing sectors.
“It’s an honour to have been appointed Vice Chairman for the next three years and I’m looking forward to supporting the Chair Gail Hounslea of Ladderstore Ltd and Deputy Chair Carl Evans of HSS Hire Services Group Ltd in their roles.
“I’m also delighted to be working closely with the association’s Executive Director Peter Bennett OBE, the Managing Director of PASMA, the only organisation in the world dedicated to advancing safety, standards and best practice in the mobile access tower industry.”
Based in Glasgow, the Ladder Association has a council of eight members upon which Mr Gray also sits, and training and technical committees. Its code of practice covers ladder standards, ladder care, safe use of ladders, and safety when working at height.
It works closely with organisations like the Access Industry Forum, Hire Association Europe, and the Health & Safety Executive.
ABOUT TB DAVIES (CARDIFF) LTD
The Cardiff-based business was established because its founder promised a fellow serviceman a job would be waiting for him after the Second World War. TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd was founded on November 6, 1945 by a veteran of two world wars, Thomas Brynley Davies.
He had become a prominent businessman between the wars and during the Second World War, he was Commandant of the Police Special Constables in Cardiff before joining the RAF and specialising in RAF security.
He made his promise to fellow serviceman Colin Morgan while stationed at a local RAF base. After the war ended, Bryn sold his house to finance the new business, TB Davies.
When Bryn decided to take a step back from the day-to-day running of the business in the 1950s, Colin Morgan took over daily operations at the ladder specialists.
In the 1960s, Bryn’s grandson Patrick Gray, now Chairman, joined the company to sell the benefits of a revolutionary new product to potential customers: aluminium ladders.
Now a multi-million-pound enterprise operating from a modern, three-acre facility in Cardiff Bay and supplying customers across the UK and globally, the company focuses on ladders, scaffold towers, and platform-related safety products, having developed an enviable reputation for quality and service.
Bryn’s great grandson David Gray is now Managing Director, while David’s brothers James and Mat are Directors, responsible for communications and quality, respectively.