About NFRC Charitable Trust


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


Hardship Support

The Bereavement Support Grant programme is there to support families of those working in the roofing industry cope with the sudden loss of a loved one, due to Covid-19.

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.

Peter Rogerson OBE

Trustee Peter Rogerson

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

Colin Yeates

Trustee 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’.

Dr Claire Griffiths

Trustee 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.

She said, “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.”

Angela Emms

Trustee Claire Griffiths

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."


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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NFRC Charitable Trust News

NFRC relaunches charity with an ambitious new vision

by x Tennant | Dec 07, 2020

NFRC has relaunched its charitable arm as the NFRC Charitable Trust, with a broader remit and three new trustees.

The NFRC Charitable Trust, established in 1974 will focus on the following areas:

  • Hardship 
  • Training and upskilling 
  • Volunteering 
  • The environment 

The Trust aspires to support the roofing sector through helping new entrants, assisting those who have fallen on hard times, as well as a new emphasis on mitigating the industry’s impact on the environment. 

Part of the initial focus of the Trust will be on supporting the families of NFRC Trade Members and their employees’ families who have suffered a bereavement due to Covid-19

To encourage volunteering, NFRC will now offer a day of paid leave for all of its staff to volunteer for an approved charitable project. NFRC hopes this will set an example to the industry to do the same.

The Trust will be announcing more details on further plans later this year based on these four themes. In the meantime, the Trust is encouraging members of the roofing community to get in contact with any ideas or offers of support.

Commenting on the relaunch of the Trust, Chair of Trustees, Peter Rogerson OBE, commented:

For over 40 years the NFRC Charitable Trust has offered a helping hand to support the roofing community but in many ways it is needed now more than ever”.

The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented and its effects will continue to be felt for years to come. We know that tragically we have lost members of our industry due to this virus, and we want to support those they have left behind”.

He went on to say:

Looking ahead, now we have our new trustees in place and a new vision for the future, we’ll be cracking on with planning exciting initiatives to support the industry, as we emerge from this crisis, which we will be announcing later in the year”.

If you have any ideas of how the Trust can best support the industry or would like to get involved, please sign up on our website.

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