It could be six months before the mobility industry’s main trade body has a new, permanent chief in place.
The BHTA has appointed two members of its board as interim bosses to look after members’ interests following the unexpected departure of former director general, Mandie Lavin, last week.
A statement from the BHTA said that the appointments of a new director general and commercial director are on an “interim basis anticipated to last approximately six months”.
Andrew Stevenson, an ex-director at NRS Healthcare and former chief executive of charity, Deaf Direct, has been appointed as interim director general until a permanent appointment is made.
Meanwhile, Andrew Barker, former boss of Mangar International, has been appointed as the industry trade body’s interim commercial director.
The BHTA’s board agreed this week that it would begin the recruitment process for the next director general.
The BHTA intends to represent members’ interests during Brexit negotiations and help them face challenges such as public sector procurement policies.
The BHTA’s chair, Alastair Maxwell, commented: “I am delighted that both Andrew Stevenson and Andrew Barker have agreed to step into these roles for the interim period pending a new recruitment for director general.
“We are currently focusing on operating the BHTA Code of Practice, representing members’ interests and helping them face current challenges such as those concerned with public sector procurement.”
Image: Andrew Stevenson, addressing mobility dealers at the Trade Days show.