British Franchise Association Members Elect New Board Of Directors

During its AGM in Birmingham on December 6, the new British Franchise Association (bfa) Board of Directors was announced, along with the Forum Chairs for 2013. The bfa Board is made up of 11 Full Member franchisors; one Associate Member franchisor; three Affiliate Members (at least one being a legal representative); three franchise owners; and the bfa Director General, Brian Smart. All Franchisor and Affiliate Member positions on the bfa Board are through nomination and election by the membership, with those elected then appointing the franchise owner representatives.

The Board members following the recent elections are:

Re-elected Full Members Michael Eyre, Blazes Renewables Ltd (Board Chairman) Mike Goddard, Belvoir Lettings

Newly elected Full Members Simon Bartholomew, Oscar Pet Foods Shaun Thomson, Sandler Training Duncan Berry, Choice Hotels

Continuing Full Members Alistair Wiggins, Pirtek Ltd Mark Llewellyn, Revive! Auto Innovations Berkeley Harris, WPA Sean Derrig, Chemex International Pam Bader OBE, Molly Maid Steve Calvert, Safeclean

Newly elected Associate Member Dan Archer, Envirocare Grounds Maintenance

Forum Chairs North – Trevor Brocklebank, Home Instead Senior Care Midlands – Jan Mitman, Drain Doctor South West – Phil Gaffer, BCR Associates London/South East – Caroline Joyce, Antal International Affiliate – Shirley Hughes, Franchise Careers Centre

As is tradition, the AGM was followed by the first meeting of the new Board, where Michael Eyre was confirmed as chairman for the third successive year. Michael proposed Berkeley Harris as deputy chairman, with this appointment ratified by the Board members. Mike Goddard retains his position as Board member for international affairs.

The Board also confirmed the chairs of the bfa committees, which all have representation from franchisors, franchisees and affiliates. These committees feed into the main Board, making recommendations for key elements of the Association’s strategy and operation.

Chairs for the coming year are: Quality Standards – Simon Bartholomew Finance and General Purposes – Sean Derrig Committee for the Regions – Alistair Wiggins Marketing and Sales – Berkeley Harris Franchisee Membership – Ken Bevis

The bfa would like to place on record its gratitude to all outgoing Board members and Forum chairs for their dedication and fantastic work in their roles, and give a warm welcome to its new arrivals who will continue to ensure the Association, and the franchising industry, go from strength to strength over the next 12 months.