Annual General Meeting
The 45th Annual General Meeting of the British Parking Association will take place on 29th June 2015 at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, London. At the meeting, a review of they year will be presented by Chief Executive Patrick Troy. We will also receive the incoming BPA President and successful nominees will be awarded for BPA Fellowship from BPA’s Individual Membership. Following the AGM the President’s Reception will commence at the House of Commons.
Helen Crozier (left), BPA President 2013-14, hands over to her successor Ashley Bijster.
The 44th AGM of the British Parking Association took place on 2nd July 2014 at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, London. Minutes for the meeting can be found here. At the meeting, the following business was conducted:
- Minutes of the 43rd AGM of the British Parking Association, which was held on 3rd July 2013, were submitted and approved;
- the Financial Statement and Report of the Auditors, as contained in the Annual Report of the British Parking Association for the year ending 31st March 2014, were received and approved;
- the Appointment of Auditors and Auditors' Remuneration were approved;
- the Annual Report of the BPA Council for 2013/2014 was noted; and
- Ashley Bijster, the new BPA President for 2014-15, was welcomed.
At the AGM, Ashley Bijster presented certificates to seven individual members of the BPA who achieved the BPA's new Fellowship, which is the most prestigious award an individual member can achieve. Ashley said:
'Fellowship is the highest level of BPA membership that a member can attain and one that cannot be applied for, requiring nomination and review by one’s peers.
BPA Fellows are entitled to use the designation and letters 'FBPA' after their name and are surely role models for the profession, demonstrating leadership qualities, a significant contribution to the parking profession as well as championing the raising of standards and promoting continuous professional development.'
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new Fellows of the BPA:
- Anjna Patel, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
- Gary Osner, Roxburghe (UK) Limited
- John McArdle, John McArdle Consulting Limited
- Nigel Williams, Parking Matters Limited
- Paul Necus, Cambridge City Council
- Peter Lowe, RTA Associates Ltd
- Steve Thompson, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Following the AGM, there were two short presentations. Jane Hack, BPA Company Secretary, delivered a presentation introducing the BPA's new governance structure, and Patrick Troy, BPA Chief Executive, delivered a review of the year.
BPA President's Reception 2014
Steve Webb MP addresses the reception.
The BPA welcomed Ashley Bijster, our new President for 2014-15, at her House of Commons reception on 2nd July 2014. The prestigious event, which was hosted by Steve Webb MP (member for Thornbury and Yate), offered an excellent networking opportunity for winners of the BPA's corporate and individual member ballots and BPA Council of Representative members. It brought together senior members of the parking profession, stakeholders with an interest in parking and the wider transport industry, government representatives and Members of Parliament. The reception helped to improve awareness of the parking profession, and invitees discussed all the very latest developments in parking while they enjoyed a glorious summer's evening by the Thames. Speakers at the reception included Robert Goodwill MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport.
At the reception, Ashley Bijster launched the BPA's 5th Annual Master Plan for Parking. The Plan sets out what we must do together to raise standards in the parking profession, and it includes achievements over the last 12 months. Ashley noted that, this year, we have once again produced plans for the UK, Scotland and Wales, including a version in the Welsh language. She observed that, by continuing to work in a consultative and constructive manner, the BPA will aim to achieve the best outcome for the motorist and the wider parking profession. Key objectives in the new Master Plan include:
Parking rules and regulations must be fair and reasonable and everyone has a responsibility to learn and observe them;
Everyone has a responsibility to respect parking services for disabled people;
Parking operators need to use modern technology such as CCTV and ANPR cameras to manage parking effectively but should do so fairly and responsibly;
Everyone should have the opportunity to appeal against parking enforcement; and
Effective parking management and control is essential to support sustainable growth in our communities.
Robert Goodwill MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, offers the Department for Transport's perspective on parking.