News: Chairman Retires at Steering Group

Posted on 2nd November 2017

Last Monday’s  Steering Group meeting, the last one of the year, culminated in a rather sad development in that Paul Shearing told the group of his intention to retire from his office as BHBPA Chairman at the end of the year.

Paul, who runs very successfully the Autowise group of garages in Sussex, has been Chairperson for nearly three years now, a year longer than the constitutional requirement. He was persuaded to do an extra year on the grounds that he enjoyed doing the job and made a really good fist of it as well. I have enjoyed a great friendship with him during this time and I have to say he has been an absolute star in giving generously of his time, his experience and his services for the cause of the BHBPA.

Paul has a fundamentally sound approach to all matters. He works very hard, treats everyone with respect and is always positive, kind and generous towards others. He has been inventive, inclusive and hard working as Chair, always trying to devise new ways in which the organisation could benefit the members or could come together as a social group. There is no doubt that several of the recent exhibitions, and most certainly the BHBiz Awards event last May, benefited enormously from Paul’s ideas and his determination to do things properly, and yet to incorporate some fun into it all. The BHBPA has undoubtedly benefited from his wisdom and experience of the business world.

Luckily for us he isn’t going far and will still be around for a while to help out where needed and also to be a key member of the Steering Group. Meanwhile the Directors will be on the search for a replacement …

Other issues discussed at the meeting were

  • finances – the BHBPA finances are in good order
  • events – BHBPA events are as popular as ever, as numbers showed
  • newsletter – record number of people opening it and clicking on articles
  • town centre developments – agreed that MSDC will update us on this early in 2018 at a meeting
  • the environment around parks – companies asked to tidy up where necessary
  • an exhibition for May 2018

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