New President Takes Office at BPA

The British Parking Association (BPA) has Tuesday, 11 July 2007 officially welcomed its new President, Les Knight, at the Presidents Reception at the House of Commons attended by Dr John Pugh, the Liberal Democrat MP for Southport.
bpalogo.pngKnight takes over from Peter Guest. His first task as President will be to announce the BPAs new five-year strategy, which will see the Association seek to better serve the needs of both the member and the consumer as the parking sector develops. With the introduction of the new regulations and Guidance for Civil Parking Enforcement over the next year and with the BPA taking on an increasingly, although informal, regulatory role, it will become more important for consumers needs and views to play a part in its development.

Keith Banbury, Chief Executive of the BPA, commented: We welcome Les as the new President, and look forward to his input at what is an interesting time for the Association, and the still relatively young parking sector. As we move further towards consolidation, regulation and consultation, it will be more important than ever to have someone who knows the industry inside out at the helm.

New Business Director of Euro Car Parks, Les is well established in the parking industry, having been with his current company for 18 years. His responsibilities for maintaining high level relationships with key account clients, including private companies, health authorities and local authorities, ensure that his finger is on the pulse of many of the parking sectors growth areas.

His early years were spent in the structural design of buildings, and later in the access control industry. Also setting the agenda for continued quality improvement and client satisfaction with all Euro Car Parks services, his contributions are not limited to his day job. As Vice President for the BPA, Les has served on several steering committees, including those with a focus on off-street enforcement and shopping and retail. He maintains a watching brief on the changing face of parking and technological development, and holds a specific interest in the NVQ training development programme.

Lynn Witham of Parking Associates Ltd becomes Vice President.
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