Bira members encouraged to stand for election

Members of bira (British Independent Retailers Association) who wish to stand for election to the bira board of management (BOM) have until February 20 to register their nominations.

Bira members encouraged to stand for election

The positions are for the year commencing May 2015. Candidature is by self-nomination and those nominations must be registered with Jill Austin at bira’s Birmingham headquarters on or before the closing date. Candidates will need to supply a short piece to inform the membership about their background and their objectives for the BOM, together with a recent (digital) head and shoulders photograph of themselves.

The candidates will be listed in the March edition of bira’s magazine ‘bira Alert’. There will also be a voting form in that edition. Following that, all members’ votes will need to be received at the bira Birmingham office on or before March 25. Details can be obtained from Jill Austin on 0121 446 6688;

Bira’s current BOM comprises National President 2014-15 Bruce McLaren, Kingsize Menswear, Immediate Past President Michael Hughes, Tom Hughes Ltd, First Vice President Cliff Elliott, Crossys Home & Garden Centre, Second Vice President Vin Vara, Tool Shop Group, Third Vice President Viv Abbott, Abbotts DIY, Elected by BOM Matthew Hansford, J R Hansford, Elected by BOM Richard Rowlatt, J Rowlatt & Sons; British Hardware Federation/HDRA Chairman Stewart Munro, Marchmont Hardware; Cookshop and Housewares Association (CHA) Chairman Trevor Draper, Billericay Cookshop; British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association President Mark Weatherhead, Mark Weatherhead Ltd; Pet Product Retail Association Chairman Janine Tozer, Not Just Pets; FAB Chairman Melissa Wheeler, Ambiance of Colchester; Elected Member Seat Joan Woulfe, The Marvellous Group; Elected Member Seat Surinder Josan, All Seasons DIY; Honorary Treasurer John Morris, Tudor Williams; Chief Executive Officer Alan Hawkins; Deputy CEO and Communications Director Michael Weedon; Commercial Director Paul Woolley; Marketing & Membership Director Sarah Golden; Financial Director John Collins and Professional Services and Special Projects Director Robert Jarrett.

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