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21 June 2017

Tom Holmes elected as new BPCA President as Paul Rodman steps down

Yesterday, Tom Holmes, Head of Durable Product Development at Pelsis Group was elected as the new BPCA President. 

Tom replaces Paul Rodman of Monitor Pest Control who was sadly forced to step down suddenly from the position after just 12 months due to unfortunate family circumstances.

Outgoing President Paul Rodman said, 

"It has been a whirlwind 12 months as BPCA President and as a community we have achieved a lot in a short space of time. A special thank you to all members and staff who have supported me in my role. I want to be the first to wish Tom congratulations on being elected as President, who I am sure will be an excellent figurehead for the Association moving forward."

Tom, (image right) who will serve a two-year tenure as President said

Tom Holmes BPCA President

“Firstly I need to thank Paul for all of his efforts as President, I will look to continue much of the good work he has put in place. I must also thank my Board colleagues who have elected me, and of course Pelsis Group for supporting me in being able to take on this position."

“It will be an honour to lead the BPCA membership through the next 24 months, which I’m sure will deliver further progress for the organisation and the wider industry. As President, I am committed to meeting the needs of all BPCA members, no matter what size, shape or specialism, and providing more inclusive platforms to listen and engage with the wider membership, will be at the heart of this."

“In the shorter term, we have a number of ongoing projects which need completing, so it is my aim to work with my board colleagues to deliver these with the best value for our membership, and then look to introduce a new corporate strategy to build an even brighter future for BPCA members."

Tom acknowledged the following key priorities he will be working with board colleagues on in the immediate future;

  1. Governance Review
  2. Positioning the Association front and centre in leading and communicating Industries position with regards to further product controls [Eg potential restrictions on insecticide use]
  3. Driving a rolling three year strategy for the Association

Tom was elected at BPCA's June Executive Board meeting, which also witnessed the election of two new Vice Presidents; Philip Halpin (Countrywide Environmental Services) and Alan Morris (Bayer CropScience). The roles were left vacant due to James Ostler standing down from the board earlier in the year, and Tom's existing position.

On his election to one of the two Vice Presidents, Philip Halpin said,

"Im delighted to have been voted in as Vice President by the Executive Board. My role as Chair of the Servicing Committee these last few years has certainly helped me prepare for the role. I aim to put the knowledge I've gained to good use whilst working with Tom our new President"

Lewis Jenkins (Check Services) and Chris Corbett (Aderyn) were both re-elected onto the Executive Board alongside new members, Mike Ayers (Precision Pest Management Solutions) and David Lodge (Beaver Pest Control). Mike and David take the place of James (Ostler) and also Dan Gaskin who stood down from the Board prior to the June AGM.

Following the June Board Meeting, Rob Long (Sabre Kent Ltd) a long standing member of the Executive also stood down from the board to concentrate on his role in the Servicing Committee.

2017 June Executive Board Meeting following AGM

Image above: BPCA June Executive Board members meeting at Catthorpe Manor Estate following the 2017 AGM. Back row (left to right); Martin Harvey (Harvey Enviro), Rupert Broome (Killgerm Chemicals), Mark Williams (ECOLAB), Tom Holmes (Pelsis Group), Phillip Halpin (Countrywide Environmental), Savvas Orthon (Rentokil), Chris Corbett (Aderyn), Simon Forrester (BPCA CEO). Front row (left to right): Martin Cobbald (Dealey Group), Paul Rodman (Monitor), David Lodge (Beaver), Howard Taffs (Good Riddance), Mike Ayers (Precision), Rob Long (Sabre Kent) and Lewis Jenkins (Check Services).