About NFRC Charitable Trust


The NFRC Charitable Trust was established to help the UK roofing community and their families. By offering financial help and practical support, the Trust aims to make a positive difference to the lives of those working, or who have worked, in the roofing sector.


Hardship Support

The NFRC Charitable Trust is working in partnership with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity to provide hardship support. The Construction Industry Helpline provides support and advice on a range of topics from occupational health and wellbeing, to financial aid in times of hardship caused by accident, illness or bereavement.

The 24/7 confidential helpline is available to anyone working in the construction industry and their families.

Please contact on 0345 605 1956 or visit the Construction Industry Helpline website.

More information and sources of available support and guidance on mental health are available from Mates in Mind. If you're in crisis and need to talk right now, you can find help through a range of free, confidential helplines to support you on the Mates in Mind website. 


Environmental Impact

The roofing industry can play a crucial role in both mitigating and adapting to climate change, whether it is through cooling buildings to stop them overheating, providing a carbon sink through green roofs, or sustainable energy generation through solar roofs.

The sector can also reduce its environmental impact by using more sustainable materials, designing out and reducing waste and promoting biodiversity.

The Environmental Programme is here to supports NFRC Members to play a positive role in the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources. This could be in the form of grants for cutting edge research, showcasing best practice or technical support.

One recent output of the Environmental Programme was ‘Future (P)roof: 'Building resilience of roofing technologies in a changing climate', a report commissioned by the Charitable Trust and produced by the University of Southampton. This research covers the impact that climate change will have on the UK’s roofs and buildings, as well as how roof technologies can be used to adapt our built environment to a changing climate, and the report makes recommendations for action, for both government and the construction industry.

Education and Upskilling

Training and upskilling form a critical part of social mobility. The roofing industry has a wide range of opportunities for expanding and developing the skills needed for a successful career.

The NFRC Charitable Trust has approved a new Inclusion Fund to support NFRC member organisations to improve diversity in the sector through positive activities, Insight Days, site visits and online activities to engage people from diverse backgrounds in learning about careers in roofing and opportunities.

See further information about the NFRC Charitable Trust Inclusion Fund grant programme.

Practical Volunteering

Volunteering helps individuals to make a positive contribution to communities across the country and abroad. The NFRC Volunteering Programme provides those in the roofing industry with opportunities to volunteer their time and specialist skills for worthy projects. NFRC Volunteers can develop new skills or build on existing experience while providing practical help where it is most needed.  

NFRC staff are entitled to a paid volunteering day every year, and we encourage roofing contractors to offer the same to their teams.

We also want to recognise the good things that roofing contractors and their workforce are doing across the country. That is why NFRC along with SIG have a 'Local Hero Award' at the annual Roofing Awards. We also want to showcase the industry's good work through our website. If you have any examples you would like us to share, please let us know.

Stories of volunteering from the NFRC membership

The section below will show success stories and give example of where the NFRC Charity Fund have actively helped people and communities.

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The NFRC Charitable Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees whose support ensures that the work of the trust is available to those in need who work, or have worked in the Roofing Industry.

Trustee Peter Rogerson

Peter Rogerson OBE

Peter has spent all his working life in the Roofing, Cladding Industry and then in Construction Industry Training and Pension Funds Trusteeship Past Chairman of Rogerson Group Ltd, which he sold in 2001 and which had interests in Roofing, Sheet Metal Fabrications, Tool Hire and Property.

  • Past Chairman of Rogerson Group Ltd, sold in 2001
  • Past National President of NFRC; Past Chairman of FRCAB
  • Fellow of Institute of Roofing; Council; Director of the Roofing Industry Alliance and co-author of the RIA Training Plan
  • U.K. Representative to International Roofing Federation (IFD) 2005 – 2019
  • Deputy Chairman; CITB & Construction Sector Skills Council 2000 – 2010
  • Chairman; National Construction Colleges 2000 – 2010
  • Director; UK Skills Ltd, representing Construction 2004 – 2011
  • Member; City & Guilds Standards Committee 2004 – 2011
  • Chairman of the Trustees; ITB Pension Funds 2006 – 2012, Deputy Chairman 2012 to date
  • Past Director of B&CE Group, Trustees of “the Peoples Pension”
  • Court Assistant—Liveryman—Worshipful Company of Tyler’s & Bricklayers
  • Awarded OBE in 2004 for Services to the Construction Industry and Training

Trustee Colin Yeates

Colin Yeates

Colin has over 40 years working for the roofing and cladding industry and now manages his own consultancy, CY Associates, where he provides sales, marketing, technical commentary, research and coaching across the sector.

Prior to this, Colin was Director of Sales and Marketing at SFS Group, a manufacturer of product fasteners for both metal and single-ply roofs, and during this time was a Director for both MCRMA and the Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA).

More recently, Colin has worked closely with NFRC to develop a flagship pilot competency accreditation for rainscreen cladding supervisors.

“It is an honour to be a trustee of the NFRC Charitable Trust and give something back to the industry I have worked in most of my life. In my time as a trustee, I hope to use the knowledge and experience I have gained through my career to support the Charity's objectives. What makes our industry great is the people who work in it, and I have often repeated the phrase, 'most of the people I have worked with in our industry are ordinary people doing extraordinary things'.

Trustee Claire Griffiths

Dr Claire Griffiths

Claire Griffiths joined the NFRC Charity as a trustee in 2019 and has been Editor of Roofing Today magazine for 14 years. She regularly comes into contact with people in the roofing sector whose journey to fulfilling their aspirations could be assisted with some timely and targeted help.

This has inspired her to help the charity deliver its goals and contribute her experience gained previously as a trustee of another charity. She is passionate about promoting the UK roofing industry, communicating its professional achievements, and supporting its sustainability, training and safety.

I'm delighted to be part of achieving the NFRC Charitable Trust's objectives and look forward to helping to develop some exciting and effective initiatives.”

Trustee Claire Griffiths

Angela Emms

Angela joined the board of NFRC in August 2020.

Angela has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years as a fundraising manager. She is a Philanthropy Manager for Quartet Community Foundation connecting philanthropists with local charities.

I'm delighted to be part of the NFRC Charitable Trust Board of Trustees and I'm looking forward to using my skills and experience in the charity sector to help develop the charity go from strength to strength and develop our areas of support for the roofing industry.

Gary Creaser

Gary Creaser FIoR

Gary has 50 years’ experience working in the Construction Industry, beginning his career as a Quantity Surveyor. In 1981, he joined a Specialist Roofing and Cladding Contracting Organisation, which during his 15 years as Managing Director, enjoyed profitable sustainable growth and became a pre-eminent Roofing and Cladding Contractor with an enviable reputation of supplying complex envelope systems on a variety of buildings.

Throughout his career, he has been a keen advocate in driving up standards across the industry. Gary joined the NFRC Committee of the London and Southern Counties Region in 2002 and was Chairman for the 2006 to 2007 tenure, representing them on NFRC's Sheeting and Cladding National Committee and NFRC's Management Board. In 2012, he was invited by Ray Horwood, CEO of NFRC at the time, to be a member of the Competent Roofer Oversite Committee, which he continues to be an active part of today. Since 2014, he has undertaken consultancy work for the NFRC. This work includes customer relations; inspections on roofing contractors (both new and existing members); and Gary also completes many bespoke/individual projects on behalf of the NFRC.

I was extremely honoured to be invited as a trustee of the NFRC Charitable Trust and I will endeavour to help achieve the current and future aims of this deserving cause.


NFRC Charitable Trust receives a regular contribution from NFRC's surplus. However, to achieve bigger and better things, we encourage both member companies and individuals to help support the charity.

If you would like to donate money as part of your company CSR programme, or raise money individually for NFRC Charitable Trust to help transform lives, we welcome your support, creativity, dedication and enthusiasm! 

However you choose to support the NFRC Charities Fund, we'll be there to help you make the most of your fundraising efforts. 

Gift Aid

Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate

If you’re a UK taxpayer, using Gift Aid means that for every £1 you give, NFRC Charitable Trust can claim another 25p from HM Revenue and Customs. Gift Aid is reclaimed by NFRC Charitable Trust from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your home address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

Download the NFRC Charitable Trust Gift Aid Declaration Form.


Consider leaving a gift in your will to the NFRC Charitable Trust—whatever you are able to leave will make a big difference to our work with the UK roofing community and their families

Contact the Trust

If you have any questions or think you might benefit from the NFRC Charities Trust, please get in contact by calling 0208 940 0072 or completing the enquiry form below. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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