1. How is the Board elected?
At every AGM which is normally in October and all members are welcome to attend or vote by proxy.
2. Who is on the Board and what do they do?
Our board is made up of elected representatives of the membership and cover distributors, suppliers and service partners. These are the current Board Directors along with their assigned roles.
(Distributor – Fluid Branding) Chairman and responsible with the Director General as to the operational running of the organisation
(Distributor – Allwag Promotions) Vice Chair and responsible for the Education Programme
(Distributor – Roantree) President and responsible for Events
(Distributor – RT Promotions) Responsible for IT and Social Media
(Distributor – Cyan Group) Responsible for Marketing
(Distributor – Brand Addition) Finance Director and responsible for Finance
(Distributor – CHX Products) Director and responsible for British Manufacturers
(Supplier - A T Cross) Director and responsible for PR communications
(Supplier – Senator Pens) Responsible for Charter, Code of Conduct and Complaints
(Supplier – SPS) Responsible for helping our members Export
(Supplier – Desktop Ideas) Responsible for End User Engagement
(Supplier – PAGE Partnership) Director and responsible for Catalogue groups
(Supplier – Listawood) Responsible for Research and Finance
(Supplier – Corporate Creations) Director and responsible Product Safety and Student Design
3. What do you discuss at the Board meetings?
We discuss the future strategy of the organisation and how to support our members in all sorts of different ways. Many of the great initiatives you will have seen like the Conference, The BPMA Show, Promotional Products Week, Charter, our Research, our Education programme have all been discussed at Board meetings. We will also ensure our membership is growing and our finances are in order.
4. What is the future direction of the Association?
The BPMA is the only not for profit body aimed at raising the awareness and value of promotional products. Our aim is to help grow the industry whilst supporting a professional supply chain. Here are our strategic goals
i) Promoting the services and value of our members to the End User audience through research and engagement, which in turn develops understanding and appreciation of the value of promotional merchandise within the wider marketing community
ii) Enabling meaningful connections through events, networking opportunities and introductions. Deliver tangible support by keeping our members informed and advised on business legislation, opportunities and threats, and relevant topical industry issues through our forums, networks, communications and one to one guidance
iii) Recognition and development of our members through a powerful education programme. Enabling increased customer confidence by demonstrating they are a trusted professional able to deliver compliant and effective promotional solutions.
“SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST DELIVERED BY BPMA BACKED PROFESSIONALS”
5. How often do you meet and is the role paid?
We meet at least 6 times a year and the role is purely voluntary, however there are 3 strategic groups that meet outside of main board meetings. These groups are leading the industry, membership, and education. The BPMA will make a contribution towards Directors travelling costs although many don’t claim it.
6. How long do Board Directors stay on the Board and is there a maximum number you can accept?
There is no defined term, other than the role of chairman which is a maximum of 2 years. There is no maximum number of Board Directors, although most will serve a 4-5 year term.
7. Can I get involved in the Board?
Some Directors may not wish to stand again and therefore will create opportunities. The Secretariat will email the membership asking for individuals to be considered for 2015/16. You can also be considered for a Regional Ambassador role as we have opportunities within these regions:
Supplier – Scotland
Supplier – North East
Distributor – East Anglia
These roles are not elected but considered by the Director General, and for one year which is renewable as long as both feel committed to continue. Their role is to assist and represent the association at a regional level, including the regional events.
See the current list of Regional Ambassadors www.bpma.co.uk
8. I am too busy to participate but I would like to share my thoughts and ideas?
That’s fine, we would urge you to contact a Board Director appertaining to your interest or contact the Director General.
How else can I get involved?
Education Programme Consultative Group
This group meets to discuss developing future content for the Education Programme as well as looking at developing engaging learning techniques. The group owner is Daniela Arena - email@example.com
This special interest group has been set up for UK Manufacturers and the inaugural meeting is on the 11th May at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough. The group chairman is Richard Wildsmith - Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be special projects that the BPMA run. If you would like to be considered for involvement, then please contact Director General, Gordon Glenister email@example.com