Your VRA, past & present. The key people that run VRA

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YOUR VRA

VRA is 'run' by two sets of personnel:

  • The employees, which carry out day-to-day activities
  • The Executive Committee, which oversee the activities of the Association.

There are 15 members of the Executive Committee, which is elected every 2 years from among the membership, and they oversee the role, function and strategy of the Association, and provide views, advice & guidance to the staff.

The most recent election took place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October 2019.  A position on the Executive Committee is open to any member.

Together, the staff and Executive Committee operate the VRA for the benefit of the membership.

Staff and the Executive Committee are in day-to-day contact, but also meet formally 3 times a year.

Chas Ambrose, the current Association Secretary, took over the role from Duncan Wemyss upon his retirement in November 2013.  Before becoming Association Secretary in 2013, Chas served more than 10 years in the Executive Committee (while working for VRA member Charles Trent Ltd.) including the previous 2 years as Association Chairman.  Duncan Wemyss, the previous Association Secretary joined VRA from the British Secondary Metals Association in 2001, following the merger of the BSMA and the British Metals Federation (BMF) to form the current BMRA (British Metal Recycling Association).  Whilst at the helm of the VRA Duncan oversaw many of the major environmental changes impacting the vehicle dismantling industry, including the EU End of Life Vehicles Directive, which became UK law in 2003.

VRA Executive Committee 2019-21

POSITION

NAME

COMPANY

Chairman

Ray Kirk

Albert Looms

President

Graham Hall

 

Vice Chair

Derek Spall

DJ Spall Recycling

Treasurer

Jason Bishop

Hills Salvage

Committee

Rob Austin

Autospares & Salvage

Committee

Adrian Pearce

Autodrain

Committee

Mike Waugh or Dewi Jones

Bagillt Car Spares

Committee

Rolson Fry

Car Components

Committee

Ishtiaq Ahmad

Dial A Spare

Committee

Dave Horsnell

DLH Autorecyclers

Committee

Ian Dronsfield

Dronsfields

Committee

Tom Hayward

I Need Spares

Committee

Ian Jenkins

Partmart

Committee

Chris Wylie

Recycling Lives

Committee

Andy Latham

Salvage Wire

Committee

Paul French

Salvo

Committee

Mark Schofield

Synetiq

Previous VRA (MVDA) Chairpersons 1943-2019

CHAIR

COMPANY

PERIOD OF SERVICE

C.H.K. Tye

 

1943-1945

C.C. Lines

 

1945-1947

T. Robertson

 

1947-1949

R.J. Charles

 

1949-1951

G.H. Beresford

 

1951-1953

J.W. Green

 

1953-1955

Frank H. Bird

 

1955-1957

P.F. Brewer *

Brewers of Erdington, Birmingham

1957-1959

H.P. Oyser

 

1959-1961

J.G. Dodd

 

1961-1963

H. Denton

 

1963-1966

William Evans

 

1966-1967

R.J.W. Wilkinson

 

1967-1968

R. Wyer

 

1968-1972

T.N. Metcalfe

 

1972-1974

B. McFarlane

 

1974-1976

M. Passey

 L.T.Passey & Sons, Benson, Oxforshire

1976-1978

D.G. Brawn

 

1978-1980

J. Hickman

 J. Hickman & Sons, Warrington

1980-1982

A.W. Pilgrim

 

1982-1984

R. Lister

 

1984-1985

John R. Sharman

 

1985-1987

Brian F. Brewer *

Brewers of Erdington, Birmingham

1987-1989

Geoff H. Cutler

 

1989-1991

Derek J. Spall

D.J.Spall Recycling, Dallinghoo, Suffolk

1991-1993

John R. Sharman

 

1993-1995

John Worrall

 Court Auto Dismantlers, Birmingham

1995-1996

Terry G. Charlton

Charlton Recycled Autoparts, Cambridge

1996-1999

John Hesketh **

Remoco, Stockport

1999-2001

Dawn Allen ***

Albert Looms, Derby

2001-2003

Paul Fox

Willinghams Recovery, Hull

2003-2005

Charlie Jackson

Recycling Lives, Preston

2005-2007

John Allen ***

Albert Looms, Derby

2007-2009

Sue Farmer

Pete Thompson, Doncaster

2009-2011

Chas Ambrose 

Independent

2011-2013

Duncan Wemyss

Independent

2013-2019

Ray Kirk

 Albert Looms, Derby

 2019-

* P.F.Brewer & Brian F. Brewer are father & son

** John Hesketh sadly passed away on 7th July 2010 as a result of cancer. He brought much to the role of Chairman, is fondly remembered & greatly missed.

*** Husband & wife John & Dawn Allen both held the role of Chair, as well as committing a great of time to the Association Committee.  The company still has an active position on the MVDA Committee