Name: Ian Ripley
Married/Children? Married to Marilyn (46 years this year)
Two Children-a girl and a boy, Jaime and Christopher
Position/Company: Chief Executive Officer, Association of Fencing Industries
Previous Employment: Self-Employed Business Consultant. Before that almost 20 years with
the TWIL Group (Betafence)
What do you consider the main issues affecting the fencing and landscaping industry?
Much the same as always getting paid on time and in full.
Timber treatment has been a problem in recent years but the treatment
industry seems to be coming to terms with the problem.
My biggest worry is the lack of suitably qualified people wanting to join
our industry. We are facing a serious skills shortage and need to get young
people interested in Fence Installation as a career
What’s been your best idea? Green Rylock
And you’re worst: Deciding Temporary Fencing was european fad and wouldn’t catch on in the UK.
What do you like about Fencing and Landscaping News? Interesting, fun and honest
reporting of what’s going on in our industry
Favourite film: Magnificent Seven
Beer or Wine: Beer (and wine!!!!)
Favourite Food: Fish (haddock) and Chips (Proper Yorkshire-cooked though)
Favourite saying: ‘If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.’ and ‘if the price isn’t shown
on it, you can’t afford it’
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take with you:
- My Guitar
- A library of Science Fiction/Fantasy books
- An ample supply of Tetley’s Bitter (hand pulled, of course), salted nuts and pork scratchings
Newspaper you read: Daily Mail but only for the puzzle pages, cartoons and sport, not the
news coverage or opinions.
Favourite sport: I’m a Yorkshireman, Cricket of course (‘though Rugby Union would be a close
Pound or Euro: Pound (Although I wouldn’t mind a barrowful of Euros if you’ve got some