The Cleaning and Support Services Association is looking for a new chief executive following the decision of Andrew Large to stand down by the summer of 2013. Several other cleaning industry associations are also facing key vacancies following the announcement. Andrew Large has been chief executive of the CSSA since 2006, the second longest serving chief executive in its history.
Andrew Large said: "I have been with the CSSA as chief executive for almost seven years and it is time for me to move on to something new. I have been approached with the opportunity to head the British Poultry Council and, after much consideration, I have decided to accept. Although I am leaving the cleaning sector, I will take with me great memories of this vital industry. I will be leaving by the summer but have announced my decision now so that the CSSA board and other staff members can prepare the transition in an orderly and timely fashion.”
Large continued: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be chief executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association. It is a fantastic job. I am immensely grateful for the support I have always received from the three CSSA chairmen under whom I have served, Roger Goodman, Doug Cooke and Peter Goodliffe, as well as the board and staff of the CSSA."
Peter Goodliffe, chairman of the CSSA, said: "Andrew Large has transformed the CSSA from a single sector association into a hub for the global cleaning industry, and one of the most respected associations in Britain. He has insisted on the highest standards especially in the areas of communications, effective advocacy and financial management, all of which have served to push the profile of the cleaning industry forwards. He is a hard act to follow, but leaves his successor a flourishing association with an excellent secretariat. I will miss Andrew personally as well as professionally and I am sure he will make a great success of his future career."
Neil Nixon, editor of C&M, added his personal comment to the announcement: “Andrew has been a great ambassador for our industry, and the work he has done at the CSSA, BCC, ICMMA, CHSA and WFBSC has been outstanding. I have enjoyed working with him over the years, and have been extremely grateful for all the support he has provided me, both as editor of C&M and as a fellow judge on the Golden Service Awards. He will be a very hard act to follow, and will be missed. I wish him every success in his future career.”