FOR THE CHSA Stephen Harrison, Managing Director of Harrison Wipes, has stepped down as chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) after five years in the role.

Lorcan Mekitarian, Sales Director of Bpi Recycled Products (part of Berry BPI Group), took over as CHSA Chairman at the meeting of its governing Council, which was held on 16 October 2019.

Lorcan commented: “Stephen has made a significant and incredibly valuable contribution to the CHSA. I speak on behalf of all the Council and the members we represent, when I say thank you. Under Stephen’s leadership we have increased the value provided to members and widened our influence. I am excited about the future, with plans to develop key initiatives including our drive to tackle the challenge of plastics in our sector, but know Stephen will be a hard act to follow.”

Stephen added: “It has been an honour to serve the CHSA as Chairman. I have relished working with the excellent team taking the CHSA forward and am confident Lorcan will steer it through a period of change.”

During Stephen’s time in office, the Association’s Accreditation Schemes for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue, Plastic Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops have increased in rigour, grown in membership and members now consistently achieve near-perfect compliance in inspections. The Association also successfully launched an Accreditation Scheme for Distributors, with all distributor members to be accredited from 1 January 2020.

Under Stephen’s guidance, the CHSA has developed its industry presence in recent years, increasing its engagement with other industry associations and supporting key industry initiatives including the Kimberly- Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, the CSSA’s Innovation Showcase and Innovation Awards.

Stephen’s term of office also saw the CHSA raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Andi’s Fund, set up to raise £1m for life saving research into cancer, the Helping Treat Cancer Together, the Royal National Institute for Blind People and now Grief Encounter, which supports young people who have suffered bereavement, have all

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received funds to support their valuable work. The CHSA’s Undergraduate Bursary Scheme was also reintroduced, giving a helping hand to the children of its members’ employees as they head off to university.

Setting out his agenda for the CHSA, Lorcan said: “We are proud of [the CHSA Accreditation Schemes’] impact and I will lead the Council in continuing to support and expand them, growing the membership, widening their scope and raising awareness amongst buyers of the products. We want everyone who buys cleaning and hygiene products to specify the relevant Accreditation Scheme. It’s the only way to be certain ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’. Our

Standards, Your Guarantee.

“Within the CHSA we are already exploring the challenge presented by plastics to our sector, understanding first the volume of plastic introduced in the supply chain and then identifying practical, positive steps members can take.”

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