British Franchise Association appoints new board of directors
The BFA has appointed its new board of directors and chairmen for its forums for the year ahead. Its current chairman Trevor Brocklebank, the co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, continues his role as BFA chairman for his second year.
Four new board members were appointed, three full members and one associate member.
The three newly elected full member franchisors are Abel Campos (McDonald’s Restaurant’s), Paul Thompson (Water Babies) and Steve Watson (Agency Express). The associate member newly elected is Sean Goldsmith (Shuttercraft).
Three board members were re-elected, of which two were full members, the chairman and Sean Derrig (Chemex International). The associate member re-elected was Louise Harris QFP (Wilkins Chimney Sweep).
To ensure it represents all stakeholders in franchising, the board comprises 11 full members, two associate members, three affiliate members (professional advisers, one of which must be a legal representative), three franchisees and its chief executive, Pip Wilkins.
All franchisor and affiliate positions are nominated and elected by members, guaranteeing that the association’s governance and direction is driven by its membership.
The existing franchisor board members continuing this year are Simon Bartholomew QFP (Oscar Pet Foods), Duncan Berry (Bluebird Care), Craig Brown QFP (Signs Express), Ken Deary QFP (Right at Home), Michael Eyre (Blazes Renewables) and John Spencer (NIC Services Group). Eyre will also be the BFA’s representative for international affairs.
Affiliate BFA members continuing on the board are Roz Goldstein (Goldstein Legal), Shirley Hughes (Franchise Careers Centre) and Carl Reader (d&t).
The three franchisee members were unchanged – Catharine Chalton (Home Instead Senior Care), Mike Hurley (Dream Doors) and Dave Padmore (McDonald’s Restaurant’s).
Sharing best practice
The elected chairmen of the association’s forums where members share best practice, experience and know-how are: London/South East, David Glover (Caremark); Northern, Michelle Fenwick (Heritage Healthcare); Midlands, Tony Bowman (etyres); Scotland, Suzie McCafferty (Platinum Wave); South West, Maria Hartnell (Safeclean) and affiliate representative, Emma Lusty (Hamilton Pratt).
Following the announcement of the new board, Brocklebank said: “2018 is going to be an exciting and busy year for all at the BFA, with substantial plans in place to help promote the strength of ethical franchising, publicise its benefits to the UK economy and continue to drive the sectors overall growth.
“We’d like to place on record our appreciation for the hard work of our outgoing directors, as well as welcoming all the new faces to the board, whilst looking forward to the opportunities to come this year.”