BECA chief promises radical shake-up

The incoming president of the British Exhibition Contractors Association (BECA) is set to make sweeping changes to the trade body.

John Booth, managing director of stand contractor Pennine Arts, becomes president on 28 March. He will then implement a series of radical reforms including the creation of a Contractors Clinic, a move to new premises in east London, a more open and honest dialogue with other trade associations and a drive to get younger members on the 12-strong BECA Council.

"I want a more open and interactive term of office than any president before me," said Booth. "Our new premises will give us conference rooms and a meeting space. I'll be able to create a Contractors Clinic that will meet four times a year and give members the chance to talk to the association about issues that effect them."

BECA has been based in Wimbledon, south London for 17 years. There is no fixed date for a move, but Booth believes it is necessary in order to modernise the association's profile. "I need to make people aware of all the good things that BECA has to offer, such as our employment helpline.

We also need to make members more aware of projects such as the SEXI environmental campaign and up-coming legislation on woodwork machinery and tools."

- Outgoing BECA president and Equinox Design director Chris Criscione will be BECA treasurer for the next two years.

See Think Tank, page 16.

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