Roach appointed BDCI festival chairman

The vice-chairman of Tulip, Graham Roach, is the new festival chairman of the BDCI.

He succeeds Dennis Clark, sales director of Towers Thompson.

Roach officially took over the fund-raising role at the meat trade charity's annual lunch at Butchers' Hall. Expressing pleasure and pride in taking the role, he admitted that it also seemed a daunting task. "I know with your help I can do my best" he told some 120 guests.

After thanking Clark for his efforts during his year as festival chairman, Roach confirmed that his fund-raising had already begun with a golf tournament and that, this year, the charity's flagship event, the annual dinner, would move back to the Grosvenor House hotel, London, on 31 October. Entertainer Bobby Davro will be the star turn.

"I am looking forward to my year as festival chairman," he said. "With your support, I am confident that, together, we will make a success of it."

Reporting on a year in which he raised more than £140,000, Clark said the fund-raising effort was all about teamwork involving the BDCI committee, and past festival chairmen. He thanked Ian Kelly, toastmaster Neil Hunt, the directors of Towers Thompson and Sue Thurlow for their help.

"I am proud to be able to hand over to Graham, who is a really worthy successor," he said.

Earlier, Richard Cracknell, who himself had been elected president of the charity only the week before, said: "I look forward to being of help and assistance in keeping the BDCI as successful as it has been."

He went on to thank everyone for supporting the charity by attending the lunch, and to pay tribute to past presidents Douglas Noakes and the late Leonard Dennis. He thanked Mrs Dennis for chairing meetings while Noakes had been ill.