The National Bed Federation (NBF) has strengthened its team with the appointment of a full time technical manager.

Tristine Hargreaves joins the UK bed industry’s trade association with over 25 years’ experience in quality assurance and compliance in the industry including representing the UK on European and international technical committees.

Tristine, originally from Lancashire, has worked with both manufacturers and retailers including Silentnight, Next and FIRA, the Furniture Industry Research Association. She has also previously supported the NBF in developing its Code of Practice and carrying out audits.

Tristine says: “This new role suits my background perfectly as I’ve been involved in standards development from the start of my career. I have a technical and investigative background, ensuring companies are following good practice and making high quality consumer products.”

The NBF represents British bed manufacturers and their component suppliers and is the leading authority on beds and mattresses. A key part of Tristine’s role will be to provide technical advice to members as well as alerting and informing them about changes in standards and legislation.

Jessica Alexander, NBF executive director, says: “We are delighted Tristine is joining us. She is well-known and highly respected in the bed industry for her extensive knowledge and expertise in testing, compliance and quality assurance.

“We are committed to helping our members improve standards and having Tristine on board will boost the support we give to enable them to be pro-active about new guidelines and laws.

“Tristine will help us build on our achievements to date and take our technical support and expertise to a new level.”

NBF Code of Practice provides retailers and consumers with reassurance that members’ products are safe, clean and honest. The Federation is also currently advising the industry on how to prepare for the potential impact of new legislation on fire safety and the use of fire resistant chemicals as well as regulations about end of life mattresses and products and achieving an economy driven by resource efficiency.