The National Pest Technicians’ Association is delighted to announce the appointment of a full-time Technical Manager in what is a huge step for the organisation.
John Hope, a pest controller with 25 years of experience in the industry, will begin his role next month having beaten a strong list of candidates in the recruitment process.
Mr Hope’s broad set of skills will be utilised in a variety of ways, from organising and producing training days and attending Industry meetings to visiting members, carrying out audits and working with the NPTA’s media team.
NPTA Chief Executive, John Davison, hailed the appointment as a significant advance for an organisation which started out in his own bedroom 25 years ago, but has grown to the point where staffing levels have increased by 100% in the last year.
“This is a major development for the NPTA,” he said.
“When you consider how it started all those years ago and the fact it’s being steered by directors who are basically volunteers, having a full-time technical manager is an important milestone in the Association’s development.
“His role will be very varied and nothing is set in stone at the moment because we want to see in which areas he can benefit our members most.”
Mr Hope, a London-born father of two who now lives in St Helens, has enjoyed a varied and accomplished career in pest control, environmental health, food hygiene and more.
However, he admits pest control is his first love.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” he said. “It’s a great, great opportunity for me.
“It’s the first time the NPTA has appointed a technical manager and it’s almost like I’m starting with a blank piece of paper.
“With the support of the office staff and Management Board we can look at how the organisation can move forward as much as possible and provide more and more support to members.”
Among the new Technical Manager’s remit may be exploring the possibilities of building relationships with other bodies in fields such as food and hygiene and building better relationships with the British Retail Industry.
Mr Hope will begin his role on July 16.