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Last updated October 2020

Milestone celebrated by TTBS General Manager

TTBS General Manager, Ivan Savage has reached a milestone of 60 years unbroken service in the Timber industry this October.

Born in November 1943 in Hove, Sussex, the youngest son of Ronald & Yvonne Savage, Ivan was educated initially in Hove and subsequently Bognor Regis, where he moved due to his father’s transfer within the Rank Organisation. After 11 plus, he completed his education at Chichester High School, a highly respected grammar school in the heart of Chichester.

He started work in the Timber industry in October 1960 as a management trainee with A. Olby & Sons Ltd at their main softwood depot in Bognor Regis (now part of the Cover Group) and in 1976 he moved to Staffordshire to join Cox Long Ltd (now part of the Walker Group) until 1983.

Following a short period as Senior Training officer at the Timber Research & Development Association in High Wycombe, he returned to the Midlands to join ex Cox Long colleagues at S. Jackson (Walsall) Ltd and was appointed as their Sales Director.

In August 1993, S. Jackson was purchased by the Carver Group in Wolverhampton and in 1994, Ivan was appointed as the Carver Group Sales Director, the first non- family director in nearly 100 years, a position he held until his semi-retirement in November 2008, when he continued as a Director of ETS Ltd until 2011, when, with his appointment by the Trustees he took up the position of General Manager for the “Timber Trades own charity”

During his years at Carvers, the Wolverhampton group increased sales to over £33m and expanded into timber engineering with design and supply of engineered timber joist sets, trussed rafter manufacture with their subsidiary Engineered Timber Solutions Ltd, Rodington and timber framed production with Timber Kit Solutions Ltd, Shrewsbury.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Ivan was a prolific distance runner and triathlete and competed in 29 marathons, including Amsterdam and five London marathons and over 130 open water triathlons as well as many other long distance road races and fell running events.

He was secretary of Stone Master Marathoners veterans athletic club and also secretary of the North Staffordshire Triathlon club for many years and a member of the British Triathlon Association. He was also a keen walker, completing the 192 mile Wainwrights Coast to Coast in 1993, together with many other UK long distance pathways.

Together with the late Roy Carver, in 1998 Ivan revived the Wolverhampton City Marathon, supported by the Carver Group which has continued for over 20 years and has raised over £400,000 for local Wolverhampton charities – sadly the 2020 Covid pandemic has put an end to this event.

Outside of his full time TTBS work and industry responsibilities, Ivan is a member of Stone Golf Club in Staffordshire and continues to enjoy competitive golf with his playing partners.

Sixty years of unbroken service within the Timber industry has been an exceptional achievement and Ivan has indicated that he will continue with the TTBS for some while yet before considering retirement, subject to continued good health.

Source: Timber Trade Benevolent Society