New faces at the bfa

With a number of new appointments made in the first quarter, 2006 is shaping up to be a period of progression for the British Franchise Association. Client Services Manager Pip Wilkins reports

In light of their appointments to the Board of Directors of the British Franchise Association (bfa) at the end of last year, Marilyn Keen and Richard Edwards have stepped down as Regional Chairmen. They have both built up very lively groups in their regions, making it doubly important to get the very best of bfa members to put themselves forward as successors.

The bfa's postal vote resulted in the appointment of Mike Goddard of Belvoir Lettings as Chairman of the bfa's Midlands Region and Ian Bradley of Riverford Organic Vegetables as Chairman of the South West Region.

'I am delighted to have been selected to chair the Midlands Region,' says Mike Goddard. 'These meetings are always a great success and an excellent way to exchange ideas and experiences within the franchising industry. They are certainly one of the many benefits of belonging to the bfa and provide us as franchisors with a platform to discuss topical issues and also to listen to the views and words of wisdom from our affiliate members within the legal, banking, and consultancy areas of franchising.

'It is nearly 10 years since I franchised my own business and I realise that in that time I have learned much and that this will give me the opportunity to perhaps give a little of that knowledge back to those who are just starting out on the long and challenging road to franchise success. In addition I hope that others, with more experience than I, will continue to support the Midlands Region and thus continue to ensure that these meetings are beneficial and useful to everybody.'

On his appointment, Ian Bradley says: 'I am delighted to have been appointed as the Regional Chairman for the South West. Having been involved with the bfa since the early 1990s, I hope that the experience I bring will assist in the continued development of the Association and its members. This is also the first official appointment for Riverford Organic Vegetables within the industry. I look forward to working with the Chairman, other association staff, my co-members and making 2006 a memorable year for all concerned.'

The bfa has appointed Dan Archer to head up its marketing function and confirmed Andrew Quail's decision to commit a permanent position as bfa Head of Business Services. Having held marketing positions across a number of industries including hospitality, retail and healthcare, Dan joins the bfa after taking two years away from franchising working in the retail sector and providing marketing consultancy to dental brands. He previously held the position of Group Marketing Manager for established franchisor Signs Express, and has worked in structures as diverse as a large PLC and new start-up businesses.

Andrew Quail began his career in franchising with Moshe Gerstenhaber, the originator of Kall Kwik in the UK in the 1970s. He has held the position of Franchise Director with Kall Kwik, Benjys, Bin Master and Reactfast.

'These appointments move the bfa's business up to a new level,' says Nigel Toplis, MD of Recognition Express recently elected Chairman of the association. 'Our existing team has built the business to last year break the £1 million turnover mark. We're now reinvesting that success in what we can do for our members, in terms of accreditation and advisory services that they buy into and in the work that we do to promote franchising, the bfa and our members to the outside world.'