Roger takes the reins at BPN

New Chair for Professionals’ Network

One of Bradford’s main business networks has a new figurehead.

Roger Thompson of BHP Clough & Company Chartered Accountants has succeeded Yorkshire Bank’s Andy Davidson as Chairman of Bradford Professionals’ Network.

Andy had held the post for one year but has passed on the reins due to taking up a new post in the bank’s Leeds headquarters.  Roger takes over with immediate effect.

The group, which is run and managed by the local Chamber of Commerce, meets quarterly for business people in the banking, legal, finance and insurance sectors.  It was founded by Bradford Council to improve engagement and communication between those sectors and its staff.

BPN’s speakers and topics are agreed by a steering group of local businesses.  Roger, a long-standing member of the group, was the first choice to succeed Andy.

Roger said:

“The network is a good forum that succeeds in several ways.  It facilitates a better understanding between the Council and the sectors represented.  Speakers will be rigorously questioned but also welcomed and valued for the insights they provide.  I’m looking forward to following on from Andy and working with the steering group to deliver more successful events for the network.”

Andy said of his time as Chairman:

“It’s been a pleasure to chair the group.  The meetings help bring the local business community closer together and complement the activities of other organisations, like the Chamber of Commerce.  It’s important to keep businesses informed and connected and to put the right speaker in front of the right audience – and that’s one of the things that BPN does very well.”

About Roger:

  • He is a Partner with BHP and heads up the audit department
  • He is the firm’s audit compliance principle
  • He Joined Clough & Company in 1981 as an Articled Clerk
  • He qualified in 1986 and was made partner in 1991
  • Roger is a past president and current treasurer of Bradford Society of Chartered Accountants
  • Clough & Company was founded in Bradford in 1953.

Previous chairs of the group include Joe Deegan of Rex Procter, Linda Hollings from Rance Booth Smith and Paul Mackie, then also of Rex Procter.

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The enclosed picture shows Andy (left) and Roger (right), with Naylor Wintersgill’s Chris Gumbley and Alan Wintersgill, who sponsored the last event in December.

Written on 2nd February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in News