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Leadership changes confirmed at BICSc

Published 31st May, 2023 by Neil Nixon

Lorraine Davis and Stan Atkins.
Lorraine Davis and Stan Atkins.

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has announced that the organisation’s Group CEO, Stan Atkins, will be stepping back from the Institute at the end of June 2023.

Current Chief Operating Officer, Neil Spencer-Cook, who has worked at the Institute for several years, has been appointed the position of Group Managing Director and will take up the role of leading BICSc from 3July 2023.

Stan led the Institute for over 15 years, maintaining BICSc reputation as the cleaning industry’s go to organisation for membership, standards and training. During his tenure, BICSc Training and Services Ltd was established to fulfil training requirements both in-house and externally, ensuring the consistent teaching and application of BICSc standards. He also oversaw the implementation of many other key BICSc achievements, including the regular review of CPSS, the assessor’s app, the BICSc training centre, the virtual training suite and, at this year’s Cleaning Show, the official launch of the new BICSc Cleaning and Hygiene Audit app. He also oversaw BICSc first international engagements.

Neil Spencer-Cook, incoming Group Managing Director, said: “I am honoured to accept the role of Group MD. I will pick up the baton from Stan and continue to move forward with BICSc, ensuring that we remain prominent within the industry and offer our members good value and insightful information. We will continue growing the offering of skills training for cleaning operatives and supervisors, and other soft services-specific courses and workshops.”

The Institute also confirmed that BICSc Chairman, Lorraine Davis, will step down from the role in September 2023. Lorraine’s tenure lasted a year longer than normal due to the pandemic, and she has been instrumental in guiding BICSc through the lockdown period and beyond.

Soo Bartholomew of Birkin Group has been nominated by Council to replace Lorraine in September. Neil welcomed her appointment: “Soo is a long-time promoter of BICSc and its benefits. We are looking forward to her input into the future of BICSc and building a close working relationship.”

He also reassured members that the latest developments will not impact BICSc service offerings adding: “The Council and the team members here at BICSc would like to thank both Stan and Lorraine for everything they have done for the institute during their time in post and wish them all the best for the future. This should be a seamless transfer process. Indeed, we hope to offer more industry focused services and look forward to the new Council members offering fresh guidance and strategic direction.”

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