The NICF Council

The NICF is headed by an elected Council. Council meets four times a year to review the policies, finances and any other matters relating to governance of the Institute. Members currently serving on council are:

2017 Council Members
  • Scott Carter-Dowding - President

    Master Fitter
    Scott is an accredited Master Fitter and FITA instructor with over 20 years experience in the flooring industry.

  • Steve Ramsden - Immediate Past President

    Master Fitter
    Steve has enjoyed installing floor-coverings for over forty years, and is proud to have served on council since 1997.

  • Brian King

    Master Fitter
    Brian has been fitting floor coverings for 25 years , 22 years of those running his own flooring company in the North West of England.
    Brian joined the NICF in 2003 and became a Master Fitter in 2008. He became a FITA instructor in 2010 and joined the NICF Council in 2011.

  • Dennis Green

    Master Fitter
    Dennis Green has been carpet fitting for 42 years. He is the East of England Overall Floor Covering Champion, and has been twice placed top ten in Carpet Fitter of the Year. Dennis also stands as a Director of FITA.

  • Shane Moore

    Master Fitter
    Working in the industry for 16 years and setting up in business this year, aiming not to be the biggest but one of the best companies in the south east.

  • Brian Green

    Master Fitter

  • Paul Sycamore

    Master Fitter


  • Matthew Yerrell - Vice President

    Master Fitter
    Matthew has 33 years experience in the flooring industry. He spent 26 of those years running a business, and says he is still learning!

  • Kevin Stephen - Honorary Treasurer

    Patron Member
    Kevin is the Managing Director of Spotnails Maestri Ltd and is proud to be a Supporter & Patron of the NICF.

  • Darren Robinson - ARDEX UK Ltd

    Patron member
    Darren has over 21 years experience as a flooring contractor, successfully running his own business for 17 years. He also has achieved NVQ's level 2 & 3 in floorcoverings, and holds an A1 NVQ assessor award in the flooring industry, and has delivered demonstrations/seminars across the world.

  • Ian James

    Master Fitter
    Ian's been in the flooring industry for over 30 years, running his own business for 27 years. Winner of the European Floorlaying Championship with UK Team in 2005.

  • Trevor Smith

    Master Fitter
    Trevor has been in the carpet industry for over 30 years and a NICF member since 2009, working his way up to Master Fitter.

  • Mark Smurthwaite

    Master Fitter
    Mark has been fitting floor coverings for 16 years since leaving school, 12 years of those running his own flooring business in West Cumbria. Mark joined the NICF in 2003 and became a Master Fitter in 2010. He won Carpet Fitter of the year 2016 and joined the NICF Council in 2017.