David Venables is the European Director for the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). He has held this position since 2000 and, under his direction, AHEC has become one of the most creative and effective wood promoters in Europe. David has been instrumental in getting some of world’s top designers and architects to collaborate with AHEC and innovate with American hardwoods. He has also been behind the American hardwood industry’s unique and innovative global environmental strategy, and pioneering work into structural use of hardwood, including CLT. David has a specialist wood background, with a BSc in Timber Technology and more than thirty years’ experience in the international marketing of hardwood. He is an experienced speaker, frequently making presentations on American hardwoods to trade, manufacturing and design audiences worldwide.