Annual General Meeting and President's Reception

Annual General Meeting 2021

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For our 51st AGM, we held our second virtual AGM, and was very well attended. With over 50 people attending the meeting to hear how the association is leading its membership community through challenging times by developing and prioritizing services for our members.

After the formal accounts were approved, BPA President John McArdle handed over to Vice President Mike Marrs who provided an overview of his themes as our new President. Chief Executive Andrew Pester gave a round-up of the last year, highlighting the association's strength and its parking community. While new Vice President Jade Neville detailed the work of the Women in  Parking group in supporting diversity across our Association. 

View the BPA Annual Report 2020-21 

The draft minutes for the 51st AGM are available here.  

Annual General Meeting 2020

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Innovation and excellence at our 50th AGM

Fittingly in our 50th year, our first virtual AGM was our best-attended ever. Nearly 60 people joined the meeting to hear how the association is leading its membership community through challenging times by evolving, innovating, and providing support and guidance for members.

Members praised the BPA for the innovative BPA Meeting Place, with its new online BPA Communities for all members and interest groups as well as the series of Webinar and Beyond Parking Podcasts, all of which have helped to maintain and enhance our award-winning membership engagement and demonstrates that the BPA is delivering on its promise of ‘Excellence in parking for all’.

After the formal accounts were approved, BPA President John McArdle and Vice President Mike Marrs announced that their terms of office had been extended by another year because of Covid-19 and the need to provide continuity in these uncertain times. Also, BPA Board Director and Chair of the Public Affairs Board Nick Lester Davis announced he is stepping down from both roles after many years’ service. At the end of formal business, Chief Executive Andrew Pester gave a round-up of the last year, highlighting the association's strength and its parking community. The meeting closed with a viewing of Beyond Parking the BPA’s animation celebrating 50 years and setting our vision for the future.

View the BPA Annual Report 2019-2020

The minutes for the 2020 AGM are available here.

 

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the British Parking Association took place on 16th July at the Mary Sumner House in London.

At the meeting, Chief Executive Andrew Pester presented a review of the year. New BPA President John McArdle was also officially inaugurated, taking over from Zulfiqar Ali.

The minutes from the 2019 BPA Annual General Meeting can be found here.

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John McArdle, BPA President 2019-20 and Zulfiqar Ali, BPA President 2018-19  

President's Reception 2019

The 16 July officially marked the beginning of Parking Consultant, John McArdle’s, year-long term as BPA President.

We returned to the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion for a parliamentary reception, kindly hosted by Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield. At the reception, we were delighted to welcome Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Regeneration at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to say a few words and introduce a video message from Minister Rishi Sunak MP, who was unable to attend the event. Michael Ellis MP, Minister of State for Transport at the Department for Transport also took to the stage, to explain the importance of the TRO Discovery Project and the combined work of the BPA and DfT.

John also took this opportunity to welcome our newly appointed Fellows: Russell Simmons of Stripe Consulting, Trevor Clark of Buchanan Computing, and the BPA’s very own Steve Clark.

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John awarding our newly appointed Fellows: Russell Simmons of Stripe Consulting and Trevor Clark of Buchanan Order Management

Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the British Parking Association took place on 27 June at the University of Westminster in London.

At the meeting, Chief Executive Andrew Pester presented a review of the year. New BPA President Zulfiqar Ali was also officially inaugurated, taking over from Peter Lowe.

The draft minutes from the 2018 BPA Annual General Meeting can be found here.

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Zulfiqar Ali, BPA President 2018-19, and Peter Lowe, BPA President 2017-18

President's Reception 2018

On 27 June the BPA was delighted to welcome Southend Council's Zulfiqar Ali as he began his year-long term as BPA President.

A parliamentary reception was held on the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion and was kindly hosted by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham. At the reception, we were delighted to welcome Rishi Sunak MP the Minister for Local Government who spoke about his support for the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill his desire to work with the sector. Zulfiqar also launched the BPA new Professional Development Framework, which sets out the career development opportunities that are available to people working in the parking sector.

Reception 2018

 Andrew Pester BPA Chief Executive, Nigel Williams BPA Chair of the Board, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Zulfiqar Ali, BPA President 2018-19, Rishi Sunak MP Minister for Local Government and Kelvin Reynolds BPA Director of Corporate and Public Affairs