In September BPMA patrons met at the prestigious Carlton Club in London for their annual Patron’s Dinner, where it was announced that current chairman Viv Blumfield will be stepping down.
Ms Blumfield also announced that it was her last Patron’s Dinner as she formally stepped down as chairman in October. Ms Blumfield commented: “I can’t believe that my two years have gone so quickly and I am so proud to have taken the role of chair and achieved all we have.” She thanked all her fellow board directors, some of which were present at the dinner who had given up their time to support the trade association.
South West distributor Matt Franks who is managing director of Fluid Branding took over as chairman at the BPMA’s AGM last month.
Mr Franks commented: “I am truly delighted to be helping build on all the great work my fellow board directors and secretariat have been doing over the last few years. The BPMA is in great shape and we have lots of plans to take it even further forward.”
The dinner was chaired by Brian Binley MP and throughout the evening attendees took part in some lively debates.
One discussion was whether new members to the BPMA should undergo some formal training before accreditation is granted. The outcome was that the BPMA and the patrons and regional ambassadors should reinforce the importance of members utilising the current free place they receive on the professional development programme.