IBVTA appoints new Chairman
The IBVTA Board of Directors, following the resignation of Fraser Cropper, Chairman since the Association’s founding in 2015, formally voted to appoint Marcus Saxton to the Board and assume the role of Chairman with immediate effect.
Fraser Cropper said: “As founding Chairman of the IBVTA, I have been privileged to have led the IBVTA across five often very challenging years for our sector. As an Association, we together have achieved a great deal and continue to support and engage many stakeholders, such that our sector is provided the fullest opportunity to deliver our remarkable, often lifechanging products and services to as many consumers across the UK.
We are a non-profit, member led Association. One of our greatest achievements is to have been able to put first amongst all our responsibilities and related activity the sector’s best interests and to ensure that narrow parochialism does not affect our strategic direction nor our tactical daily agenda. I must, for this leadership and the commitment shown to our sector, thank the Executive team and our Board of Directors for the selfless and apposite leadership they have exhibited and the personal support to me as we collectively navigated the past five years.
I leave the IBVTA in rude health and under a new Chairman, Marcus Saxton; your Association is in safe hands and ready for the challenges that lay ahead.”
Welcoming the new Chairman, Gillian Golden, Chief Executive said: “Fraser’s strategic vision as part of the founding members of the organisation, through to representing the IBVTA at governmental level and in the media, elevated the IBVTA to be the leading voice for vaping in the UK. I, along with the IBVTA team and Board, would like to thank him for all his hard work and guidance over the years. We very much look forward to working with Marcus Saxton on the challenges and opportunities ahead and I have every confidence that the association will move from strength to strength under his leadership.”
IBVTA Chairman, Marcus Saxton said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role of Chair with the IBVTA. Having worked extensively within trade associations across many other sectors, I have seen first-hand the considerable inspiration, thought leadership, networking, and voice of authority that takes place when the collective voice of many retailers, brands and businesses come together with a common goal. The independent vaping sector has played such a pivotal role in the emergence of the vape sector over the last 10 years, and I look forward to championing this for many more to come.”