“The future of Pest Management; Biocidal Challenges”


Ian AndrewChief Executive, British Pest Control Association - BPCA

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.40 to 11.00, Stage 2

About this Presentation:

This session will look at the changing and challenging landscape of the pest management sector. Facing significant challenges to the traditional toolkit, how do we balance the threat to human health and safety from biocides with the threat to human health and safety from pests? Do we fully understand which poses the greater risk? Is the pest management sector ready for the  prospect of a life without biocides? Or, do we just need to shift our mindset with regard to pests – are they more nuisance than danger? There is much to be done to ensure the ongoing protection of public health from existing and future pests and this will be explored here.

Speaker Bio:

Originally from the North East of Scotland, Ian did his first degree at the University of Aberdeen before moving to Edinburgh where he lived and worked for around 30 years. During that time, Ian graduated from two of the city’s universities: Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh.

Ian’s career has included time working for one of the Industrial Training Boards when certain industrial sectors were levied, before the current re-introduction of apprenticeship levies. This was serving the hotel and catering industry following a period in hotel management.

He has extensive experience in professional and vocational qualifications and worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority as part of a UK government-led review of vocational qualifications and more recently with the Chartered Management Institute, which operates as both a professional body and an awarding body.

Ian’s time with the CMI included being their Manager for Scotland, Head of Business Development and Head of Membership Engagement which took him south to their base in Corby, Northants. Most recently he’s been Director of Governance and Partnerships and Deputy CEO at The Beech Centre – an award-winning management consultancy in Yorkshire. This role saw him lead the application to UK Government to establish a new Institute for Organisational Development.

Ian says that if he is a professional in anything, it is membership. His experience covers both individual membership and organisational membership propositions. This ranges from the charity sector to a professional body, to his most recent role as a CEO of an award winning Trade Association for the pest control sector.