Alex Kemsley, the incoming BSPF President, gives his view on his forthcoming year in office…
Taking on the role of BSPF President is a great honour, given the existing work commitments that I already have with my own company and as Chairman of BISHTA and also as a PIP Committee member.
It is reassuring to me, that when I take up my post as BSPF President, I have some prior knowledge about BISHTA and PIP, to understand how these companies help the industry. I have already worked with Richard Carrington, the BSPF’s outgoing President, who is also SPATA’s Chairman.
As BSPF President, I am also responsible as the shareholder’s representative for working with Jamie Adams (PIP’s Chairman) and also with Howard Gosling (SPATEX’s Chairman) who have been committed to their respective roles for many years.
The BSPF provides a voice for each of the companies mentioned above and also for the Swimming Teachers’ Association, who themselves provide much-valued advice and support. It is important that BISHTA and SPATA members are reminded that they are also BSPF members, because by working together, this can strengthen the industry’s voice at home and abroad.
As BSPF President, my role is ultimately to be the person responsible on behalf of the Board for ensuring that the staff employed are given the right resources to carry out their roles and to oversee the work programme. The BSPF office is a very professional team, and they are committed to providing the highest quality of service.
Finally, the BSPF is not only represented at home, but provides a much-valued voice in Europe and is an active member of the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA). Work with our European colleagues is very important to the BSPF, as we can learn from each other about how to improve our services to our respective members and we can also work together to lobby on behalf of the industry across Europe.