Professional Pest Controller Magazine Issue 98

26 February 2020

Treasurer's report: Nine years of membership growth

Annual report 2019 | PPC98 March 2020

In our most recent annual report Mark Williams, Honorary Treasurer on BPCA's Executive Board, assesses the Association's finances for 2019.


What a super year 2019 was. It was our first full year under Phil’s leadership, and what a successful year has been.

Firstly, we’d have achieved nothing without the hard work, dedication and passion of the Staff team, so a big thank you to them in helping us deliver the premier trade association for pest management professionals in the UK.

It was a PestEx year, and what an event that was and the afterparty event at the Giant Robot was pretty amazing too. PestEx 2019 was the first show where we’ve taken complete ownership of running the event at the scale it is now.

Stand sales were up, as were attendance numbers. Again, thanks to all who attended the show.

The bar has been raised, and I look forward to seeing what the team can do to make the event bigger and better in 2021!

Our finances certainly benefit from the event; with its significant contribution, our budget plan was met for the year.

Any profits delivered from activities allow us to not only operate the Association without relying on members’ subscriptions to fund everything, but also to invest in our strategic initiatives, such as the lobbying of government, for us to better protect and serve members’ interests.

As I look back on our primary income lines, membership revenues, were again healthy – membership numbers for full members have now held or increased for the ninth consecutive year.

There is no better indicator that the Association continues to be relevant and offers its members benefits that help them succeed in their businesses.

Income from traditional training courses and related activities continues to decline and to be a worry for the leadership.

One of the Association’s strategic on-going enablers is to review member benefits, and we continue to discuss with the broader membership just how the Association should operate in this area in the future.

Membership numbers for full members have now held or increased for the ninth
consecutive year.

Mark Williams, Honorary Treasurer

2019 also saw the launch of BPCA Registered. Member surveys had suggested that you were looking for an alternative CPD scheme to that offered in the market; the response has been fantastic, with uptake exceeding expectations by over 40%. 

As this industry continues to professionalise, the demands placed on the Association and its finances continue to rise.

The anticoagulant (AVK) rodenticides issue that exploded last year is a case in point. Significant energy was expended by the Association to successfully defend our position over their continued use.

Other countries were not so lucky, and without our successful lobbying, we too could be operating without ‘permanent baiting’ in our armoury.

As part of the strategy, we will continue to consult with members about the benefits sought and how best those should be funded.

To close, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new members that joined this year and would wholeheartedly encourage you to become involved with the Association.

It’s your Association, and for it to work for you, it needs your passion and energy too.

Please attend the Forums around the UK. Join in with your Contract Sharing Network (CSN). Serve on the Committees or even the Board and find out more about how the Association serves its members and the wider industry.

I wish everyone success with their businesses in 2020.

Thank you.

They work for you

The Executive Board is the governing body of the Association and Board Members, as Directors, have a duty of care to both BPCA Members and the BPCA Staff team.

The Board’s emphasis is on strategy and performance, stewardship and conformance.

The Board also ensures that resources are used appropriately (money, time, staff etc.) and that relevant legislation is adhered to.

      Meetings attended
(maximum 2*)
*Attendance for
March meeting
to be added
President Philip Halpin Countrywide Environmental Services 2  
Vice Presidents

Martin Cobbald Dealey & Associates 2  
Alan Morris Bayer Cropscience 1 To 21 Nov 2019
Mark Williams Ecolab 2 From 21 Nov 2019
Honorary Treasurer Mark Williams Ecolab See above Replacement to 
be appointed
Immediate Past President Martin Harvey Harvey Environmental Services 2  
Manufacturers and Distributors
Committee Chair
Jim Kirk Rentokil 1  
Servicing Committee Chair Martin Rose-King Bounty Pest Control 2  
Board members Mike Ayers Precision Pest Management 2  
Chris Cagienard Pest Solutions 2  
Chris Corbett Aderyn 2  
Julia Pittman Beaver Pest Control 2  
Malcolm Stowell Safeguard Pest Control &
Environmental Services
Louise Summers Urban Wildlife 0 To 11 Sep 2019
Grahame Turner Terminix UK 2  
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