After seven very successful years in the role, Graham McIntyre has handed over the Chair of ETSA*. He is succeeded by Andy Smith, President of Halldale, who assumed the role of Non-Executive Chairman at the 14th ETSA Board Meeting, on 14th May 2019, during the ITEC Conference being held in Stockholm, Sweden. Steve (Wilkie) Wilkinson now assumes the role of ETSA Chief Executive Officer.
At the same ETSA Board Meeting, Ian McCrudden was elected to join the ETSA Board in the capacity of ETSA Operations Director. Ian will progressively take over the operational role from Wilkie, who had previously been the Chief Operating Officer.
Under the ETSA Constitution, the Chair is elected by the Board of Directors for a nominal two year period. Having identified, in Andy, a suitably erudite, well-qualified and well-respected successor, Graham decided this year not to put himself up for re-election as Chair of ETSA. Andy was unanimously elected by the Board as the new Non-Executive Chairman.
Graham has retired to pursue other business interests and to spend more time with his family. However, to ensure continuity during the transition period and to allow ETSA to continue to take advantage of Graham’s 25 year career in the simulation and training communities, Graham will remain as a Non-Executive Director on the ETSA Board.
Graham said: “Having worked closely with Wilkie and the rest of the ETSA Board and ETSA membership for the past ten years, I feel that we have truly established ETSA as ‘the European Voice’ of the Simulation and Training community. We now offer an extensive value proposition to our membership and are rapidly increasing our membership numbers through the 200 mark. So now is a good time to bring in some new (younger) blood to help take ETSA and its membership to the next level.”
Andy added: “I am delighted to succeed Graham in the Chair of ETSA and welcome the challenges which this brings. I think that there are further steps which ETSA needs to take to consolidate and help develop and promote the S&T community within Europe:
We need to raise the profile of the training and simulation industry. It is a critical economic enabler for Europe enhancing performance improvement across all industries, especially high reliability operators, where the cost of ‘getting it wrong’ can be so high.
Sectors including power, transport, defence and healthcare, and of course education, all benefit from the enhanced training and assessment capability that our members offer to improve personal, team and corporate safety, plus business performance.
I hope to ensure that the direction and efforts of ETSA are focused on supporting and enabling the community better to address these challenges.”
Wilkie reflected: “It has been a great pleasure working with Graham over the past ten years. I greatly value the support and guidance which he has given me in turning ETSA around into a viable and robust association which is now appreciated for what it has to offer. I am sure that the injection of new blood, experience and ideas can only lead to a stronger association better to serve the needs of the ETSA membership and the MS&T community in general. In particular, I am sure that the new Membership Portal, being championed by Ian McCrudden will more fully meet the needs of our membership. It will provide feeds of news and information specific to our community and easily-searchable databases of Industry and Customer information. Together with the planned membership networking events, we will now be providing everything that our membership has been requesting.”
Graham hands over the ‘reins’ to Andy at ITEC 2019
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