UK: (17 July 2014) A matter of days ahead of taking the reins at the UK industry’s leading trade association, incoming BACTA Chief Executive John White took the opportunity to meet informally with senior members of the IOA prior to the Group’s latest quarterly executive meeting. The social event was hosted by BACTA National President and senior IOA Group member Steve Hawkins.
Explaining the value of the meeting John White said: “Naturally I am very keen to hit the ground running and the opportunity to meet with members of the IOA Group, many of whom are old friends, was extremely welcome. There are very close links between the IOA and BACTA and a number of IOA members have served the trade association with great distinction, not least Steve Hawkins as National President and John Powell as our long-serving Treasurer. The IOA has a very pertinent take on the industry and it was important for me to get an understanding of how they see the business developing, the challenges of machine operating and the dynamics of the market. There can be no doubt about the depth of knowledge that exists within the IOA and I look forward to drawing upon that insight.”
IOA Vice Chairman Paul Langham, added: “It was a great pleasure for the IOA to host John and to listen to how he wants to approach the job and how he sees his role. I believe BACTA should be really congratulated on securing someone who has both huge professional knowledge of the trade association sector and a real passion for our industry. It is a very important time for BACTA and in John White we have the single best person to take us forward.”