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Staff Team

Staff team

BPCA employs a professional staff team to carry out the day-to-day duties of the Association. The team has between them over 150 years experience in association management, and includes pest control professionals who have worked for a range of companies and run businesses themselves, a chartered accountant, a MBA-qualified company secretary, and staff with extensive expertise in event management, marketing, web design, financial control and account management.

 

Simon Forrester

Chief Executive

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About Simon

Simon began his career in the NHS in London, and in the mid 1990’s moved to a senior association management role. He has worked for professional and trade associations in the healthcare, business tourism and construction sectors. Simon has an MBA from Birmingham City University, specialising in association mergers and innovation in not-for-profit companies.

BPCA Role

Simon provides leadership to the BPCA team and has responsibility for implementing strategy to the benefit of members. He is also BPCA Company Secretary, and supports the Board through delivery of advice, information and governance. In February 2013 Simon was elected a director of the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations, and represents BPCA internationally.

 


Lorraine Norton

Lorraine Norton

Operations Manager

01332 225108 / 07590 712096 

About Lorraine

Lorraine has a wealth of experience, predominantly gained as a Chartered Accountant working with SME businesses. She has enjoyed the steep learning curve into the Industry during her time with BPCA; an industry she now feels very passionately about.

BPCA Role

Lorraine’s role sits in direct support of the Association’s Chief Executive and manages the Derby team and offices as well as the clients of Trade Associations Services Ltd (TAS). She is available to assist and advise the members on a range of issues including finances.

 


Dee Ward-Thompson

Technical Manager

01332 225103 / 07590 712094

About Dee

Dee joined the BPCA team in April 2015 from a member company, OCS Cannon, where she'd been their UK Technical Manager since 2008. Before then Dee was Operational Quality and Food Safety Manager for Mars, with a remit to manage pest control.

BPCA Role

Dee's key responsibilities are around technical support for the membership, handling technical queries for the public, and assisting clients with their pest control tendering and specification writing. Dee also represents BPCA on a range of internal and external committees, helping to produce best practice documents, draft legislation, and lobby to represent members' interests around public health pest control.

 


Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins

Membership Manager

01332 225102 / 07809 567765

About Kevin

Kevin has worked in public health and pest control for the military and in a number of countries. He joined Rentokil as a Technician and then went on to be a Technical Surveyor. He has worked as a consultant in Saudi, Egypt and the Trucial Oman states delivering training and logistical support. On returning from the Middle East, he formed a pest control company with other industry colleagues and built it into a national account before selling it.

BPCA Role

An active member of the BPCA for many years on committees and holding the presidency for an unprecedented 3 consecutive terms. Kevin is now a life member of the BPCA, and working in the present role of Membership Manager enables his pest and business experience to be utilised for the benefit of members.

 


Mandy McCarthy-Ward

Training Manager

01332 225113 / 07710 305148

About Mandy

Mandy has worked in the training field for over 30 years, including running a successful training business and working with Utilities, Councils, Aerospace, Retail, FE, NHS, Mental Health and Food and Care Organisations.

BPCA Role

Mandy joined the BPCA to ensure our training is the best it can be and is available to discuss any training need or requirement.

 


Natalie Bungay

Field Officer

01332 225104 / 07522 390371

About Natalie

Natalie trained and worked as a pest control technician for various companies. Having previously worked for BPCA, she has also worked for Leeds City Council.

BPCA Role

Natalie is responsible for visiting and supporting BPCA members, throughout the country, focusing on the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), offering servicing members advice and support in achieving our 100% CPD criteria, which takes effect for all members from the end of 2014. Natalie will also be working with the whole BPCA team on a variety of other projects.

 


Rachel Eyre

Rachel Eyre

Membership Officer

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About Rachel

Rachel joined BPCA in 1992 when it was based in St James' Court. Rachel has great knowledge of the BPCA gained through a number of different roles within the business ranging from training, events and general membership advice and support.

BPCA Role

Rachel's current role as Membership Officer provides support to prospective and existing members within the UK and Overseas with responsibility for new applications, maintaining communication with existing members, management of complaints and mis-representation of membership.

 


Danni Baker

Administrator

01332 225107

About Danni

Danni graduated from Huddersfield university in 2009 with a degree in performance, she has over 10 years experience within hospitality and management and is passionate about travelling the world. Danni is excited to be working within an administration role and is happiest when she is busy in the office.

BPCA Role

Danni's current role as Administrator provides support to all areas of operation within the BPCA offices and ensures the smooth delivery of services to members.

 

 


Lauren Carter

Events Officer

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About Lauren

Lauren studied hospitality business management with conference and events at Sheffield Hallam University, gaining a first class degree, before going on to gain experience within the hospitality and events industry. Lauren went on to be the Events Manager at the Hallmark Hotel & then Senior Conference Coordinator at the University of Derby before joining the BPCA.

BPCA Role

As Events Officer Laurens time is spent ensuring the BPCA is promoted at National and international events. Lauren organises the BPCA Regional Training forums providing members with the opportunity to engage with industry specialists, as well as playing a key role in the exhibitions organised by the BPCA such as PestEx and PPC Live. Lauren also looks after the course booking and administration for our training courses and examinations.

 


Gareth Cleland

Marketing & Communications Officer

Gareth joined BPCA  in May 2015 having worked across a variety of sectors that include sports and leisure, events and the motor industry that has given Gareth a broad range of experience.  Previously Gareth has worked for Sheffield International Venues Ltd, Univerisity of Derby and Mertrux Ltd.  For marketing and communications enquiries, please contact: 01332 225115 or email Gareth@bpca.org.uk

BPCA Role

Responsible for the marketing and communications of the association this role includes the responsibility for brand management, development and maintenance of our websites, presence on external websites, social media, online and email marketing. Gareth is also responsible for the management and advertising of all BPCA publications, including PPC and alexo.

 


Stephanie Costopoulos

Finance Officer

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About Stephanie

Stephanie joined us in 2012 and brings with her a wealth of experience from her finance career in both the public and private sector.

BPCA Role

Stephanie is responsible for management of the BPCA finance function.

 


Sofi Halliday

Sofi Halliday

Senior Administrator

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About Sofi

Sofi joined the BPCA team in February 2005, having worked previously in property advertising and sales.

BPCA Role

Sofi’s time is spent undertaking any administration work in relation to finance and the day to day operations of the Association.