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Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Work Experience

Nov 1999 Chief Executive, BACTA, London
To July 2002
BACTA [British Amusement Catering Trade Association] is the Trade Association, which represents the pay to play leisure machine industry. Its members account for over 70% of the leisure machinery turnover [£1bn per annum] directly employing in excess of 23000 people.

Key Achievements

Reorganizing restructuring and revitalizing the Association

Creating and Chairing Amusement Gaming Industry Forum, an informal federation representing 14 trade associations with interests in gambling / gaming / betting, to seek and co-ordinate industry responses to the Gambling Review Body

Co-ordinating lobbying of UK Government on impact of Gambling Review Body Recommendations on the Industry Sector: 12 of the 16 recommendations BACTA objected to were subsequently abandoned or modified

Increasing membership by 20%

Substantially increasing income and profitability of BACTA after undertaking Financial Review and outsourcing certain functions


Key Projects

Developing and enhancing BACTA’s 10 Regional Branches

Raising the profile of the Association amongst the Leisure Industry and the Public Sector

Stabilizing existing membership base

Reviewing and responding to DCMS on Gambling Review Body’s 176 Gambling Reform recommendations

Developing improving and sustaining close working “partnerships” with Local Authorities, other Associations and Government Organizations

Developing and strengthening European and International affiliations


1996 Director/Chief Executive, Construction Plant Hire Association, London
To Oct 1999
The Construction Plant Hire Association is the Trade Association that represents the Construction Plant Hire Industry. Its members account for between 70 and 80% of the £2bn annual turnover in plant hire in the Construction Industry Sector.

Key Achievements

Reorganizing and revitalizing the Association

Raising the profile of the Association within the Construction industry and Public Sector

Establishing and growing an independent Rail Plant Association [RPA] to deal with the specific legislative, regulatory, technical and Health & Safety issues relating to working with specialized equipment within the Rail infrastructure

Lobbying UK and European Government on effect of implementation of Directives and securing concessions for the Industry in relation to regulations and qualifications requirements for experienced workforce operating lifting equipment

Key Projects

Developing and leading the CPA/CITB Partnership on Training within the Plant Sector

Developing and leading the Plant Theft Action Group representation with Home Office

Working on Safety policy development for RPA

Actively promoting awareness of the Skills shortage within the Construction Sector

1984 to 1996 Company Secretary/European Legal Manager, Case Corporation [UK & European based]

Case United Kingdom Limited is a subsidiary of Case Corporation, Racine, Wisconsin, USA, which is one of the world’s largest agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers with a 1996 world wide turnover of $6.0bn with sales and representation in over 150 countries. UK turnover $180m.

Key Achievements

Establishing and managing a Corporate Legal Department responsible for all corporate legal issues arising within the UK and Ireland

Managing closure and disposal of three large manufacturing plants in the UK on a cost effective and timely basis

Developing Disaster Recovery Programme for UK and European operations

Key Projects

Advising sales and marketing on European dealer and distribution issues, preparing reviews of legal issues in each country working closely with the European Commission

Advising and participating with business groups in connection with business development by way of licensing joint ventures in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East


1972 - 1984 Englands Solicitors, Sheffield

An old established commercial legal practice serving civil engineering, manufacturing and property based clients.

After receiving general legal training as part of my Articles, acting as Legal Assistant and providing in-depth legal services and ‘hands-on’ support to a number of client companies covering all aspects of their general business activities and providing management support and assistance including:-

- Employment advice
- Management assistance
- Corporate and Statutory Secretarial support
- Contractual advice
- Managing and controlling all types of litigation


Education

1968 - 1971 Leeds Metropolitan University
LLB Degree
Business Studies Diploma



Skills

Concise communicator with excellent verbal and written presentation skills
Ability to understand and respond positively
Experienced and effective negotiator at all levels both within and outside the immediate business environment
Resilient and self-reliant
Able to motivate, co-ordinate and manage staff, contractors, consultants & other service providers effectively
Task orientated and dedicated to achieve results
Computer Literate



Languages

Moderate French - Oral/Reading
Moderate German - Oral/Reading

Other

I have attended, on average, one major training seminar per year including specialist courses by Henry Mintzberg and Hammer & Champney on management, strategic planning and re-engineering.


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