Bollom Named National President as BACTA Members Vote for the Future

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A fresh chapter in the history of UK trade association BACTA has opened with a total of 45 members elected to take-up positions in the new streamlined structure.

Respected industry personality John Bollom (pictured) has been voted National President with Joseph Cullis, owner of Scottish operating company Windmill Leisure, elected as BACTA Vice-President; both for two-year terms.

Nick Harding, Greg Wood and James Miller are the three past Presidents to have been voted onto the new eleven-person BACTA National Council.

A further 40 BACTA members have been elected by their peers onto the newly-configured Gaming Council (20 members) and Amusement Council (20 members).

New BACTA President John Bollom, whose proposal to introduce a dynamic streamlined structure for the association was unanimously accepted at an EGM held in May, stated: “I’m delighted to become the first National President of what is a new BACTA. This is a really important phase in the life of an organization, which has served the industry well and that turns 50 next year.

“The purpose of the reorganization was to create a structure that is more aligned to the dynamic nature of the leisure entertainment business we are all involved as well as a structure that would appeal to a broader constituency of BACTA members.

“Ours is an industry packed with talent and energy and this structure enables BACTA to draw on those talents and attributes, remove the bureaucracy that slows the decision-making process down and, instead, get on representing the business interests of our members with gusto, focus and creativity.

“We have been really pleased with the level of engagement evident in the volume of nominations received for the new positions and the numbers who have voted. Both the Amusement Council and the Gaming Council include members who have not previously had any official involvement in BACTA and I look forward to their insights and perspectives on the future of the business.”

BACTA Vice-President, Jospeh Cullis, added: “Huge credit should go to John for taking-on the restructure program. The arguments presented to members were based on thorough research, careful analysis and experience coupled with a vision for the future. This isn’t a cosmetic exercise but a measured and strategic initiative that gives the industry the very best chance to succeed in what is a competitive and challenging environment.”

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