BPCA mourns the passing of former president Phil Halpin

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Former BPCA president, Phil Halpin, has passed away after a prolonged illness.

Longtime member and BPCA volunteer, Mr Halpin was the chair of the servicing committee from 2015 to 2019 and was instrumental in developing the BPCA Registered CPD scheme.

He led the association through the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring guidance was quickly made available to the pest community. Under his leadership, BPCA secured critical worker status in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

BPCA president, Chris Cagienard, said: “Phil served most of his time as president during the Covid pandemic. This meant Phil was deprived of many opportunities to get out and physically meet with members.

“However, it was also the time when the staff team and executive board did more to support and help our sector than in any time preceding.

“Phil led the association through our first digital-only exhibition with PestExtra during lockdowns, which won the TAF Award for Best Event.”

Mr Cagienard continued: “Phil spoke passionately at BPCA’s 80th Anniversary Event in Westminster Palace, sharing the historic success of the association and the vital role pest professionals play in society.

“His support was the reason why I chose to stand as vice-president and then president of BPCA.”

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