New TSI chairman
David Sanders, senior trading standards officer at the Vale of Glamorgan, has joined the long line of distinguished chairmen The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has had since it was formed in 1892.
He has been elected to take over from Peter Denard, head of trading standards at Surrey County Council, who flew the flag for better leadership across the trading standards services during his successful year in office.
Mr Sanders will be focusing in his new post on the theme of relevance.
He said: ‘I shall be listening to the membership to ensure TSI is relevant to members.
‘The challenging financial climate we live in highlights growing levels of social deprivation. Accordingly, I will work to help shape future trading standards service delivery to keep it relevant to both consumers and business.
‘I will also be promoting the trading standards social change agenda within local authorities according to its relevance to their policies.
‘I am very much looking forward to the challenges of this new post.’
The new chairman has a keen interest in education. He was involved setting up the University of Wales Institute Cardiff's sandwich degree course Trading Standards and Consumer Affairs, and has promoted the adoption of TSI's Continuous Personal and Professional Development scheme.
Mr Sanders said education was at the heart of tackling the challenges facing trading standards services such consumer debt, climate change and various health issues.
He said: ‘Informed consumers making informed decisions is essential to enable us to move successfully forward. ‘The confident consumer agenda, currently driven by the European Consumer Protection Policy Strategy, depends on it - it is an educational strategy that informs our way forward on the present challenges facing the service.
‘Success against these challenges not only promotes market development but results in fewer burdens on the public sector as a whole.'
Mr Sanders has been a member of TSI for 39 years and has packed in those years a varied career including many high profile commitments.
Ron Gainsford, chief executive of TSI, said: 'I am delighted to welcome David to the role of chairman - he has a wealth of experience in trading standards at all levels and is a real asset to the profession.’