Mr Bentley takes over from Jim Gilmour. Gary Lewis has been elected as the FMB’s new national vice-president.
The new president said: “It is an honour to be given the chance to help lead the FMB and I’m looking forward to meeting and representing FMB members across the UK. My theme during my two year presidency is to increase the value of membership for every firm and a key part of this will be enhancing our consumer marketing to help our members win more work. I am also very keen to explore how we strengthen our offering to consumers through insurance-backed warranties.”
FMB chief executive Brian Berry added: “Dave Bentley is an extremely passionate advocate for the SME construction industry and I look forward to working with him over the coming years. During the course of 2014 the FMB has undergone radical internal streamlining to improve the overall efficiency of the organisation and we’re now well placed to take advantage of the upturn in the SME construction sector.”