Dr Philip Leach, who recently joined the Civil Engineering Research Group, has been invited to join a pan-European working group, the European Technical Committee - ECCS TC7 Cold-formed thin-walled sheet steel in building Working Group 7.5. This is a group of experts that meet twice a year to discuss proposals for improving the design guidance offered by European Codes of practice. Over the years the group's proposals have formed the basis of much European guidance, and its work has provided the basis of all the current Eurocodes involving Light Gauge Steel. This includes the codes on member design, sheeting design, stressed skin design and testing of light gauge steel elements. This is a highly prestigious position on a committee with significant global influence in this area of steel design.