Sabra Everett of Killgerm and vice chairman of the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) took over the role of chairman of BASIS PROMPT earlier this month.
Sabra Everett, who is group marketing & public affairs director at Ossett-based distributors, Killgerm, took over from David Oldbury, who has stepped down after three years in the role.
Sabra was the unanimous choice of the BASIS PROMPT committee and has revealed plans to boost the profile of the initiative as part of a push for significant growth.
Sabra Everett (right) has taken over as chairman of BASIS PROMPT from David Oldbury
She says the future of the organisation, which provides independent proof that pest controllers have received proper training and continued to update their expertise, will be led by members themselves. She has already instigated a strategic review and says the launch of a membership survey signals the start of a fresh approach.
As the new chairman, Sabra declared: “As the leading vehicle for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), PROMPT is a key initiative which has been growing year on year.
“Membership alone is a demonstration of professional credentials and the fact that well over 3,000 are now signed up illustrates its growing value.
“But I want to see the register go from strength to strength, expand its role and extend its influence within the pest control sector,” she explained.
Until his retirement in 2011, David Oldbury was as group manager & principal environmental health officer for Manchester City Council. Not only was he chair of the BASIS PROMPT but also the secretary to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) National Pest Advisory Panel (NPAP); a position which he has held since the inception of NPAP in 2001. He was made a fellow of the CIEH in 2009. He is also a member of the Pest Technical Advisory Board.