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Championing continued relevance is the focus for 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 December 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.

He first joined the service as a weights and measures assistant for Worcestershire County Council in 1966 at the Halesowen office and moved to Buckinghamshire after qualifying in 1970.

Mr Sanders said: ‘Since joining the Institute I have pursued several activities linked with the profession.  I became a branch training officer in 1975, which led to a post as regional training officer.

‘I have since been a branch representative, an elected TSI Council member and a TSI Board member.

‘I have lectured on two trading standards qualification training courses and was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute in 1996 for services to TSI education.

‘For ten years I have been TSI's lead officer for civil law and as such was on the then DTI's Project Board implementing EU's Unfair Commercial Practices Directive.’

Since the break up of the Directorates in Cardiff County Council in 2000 he has worked for Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan Councils.

Mr Sanders has lived in Cardiff ever since he took up a post in the newly formed South Glamorgan in 1974.

He is married with two daughters and states amongst his several hobbies cycling as a favourite.

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. 

‘Peter Denard is a hard act to follow but I know that David, who has a first rate record both as a trading standards officer and as a strategic thinker, is up to the task of guiding us through the policy decisions we have to make in these challenging times.

‘As devolved Governments are gaining growing strength, relevance and experience, David's special experience of the Principality of Wales will be of particular value to our Institute, helping us to in our fulfil our ambitions and responsibilities across the UK governance map.’

 ‘I, and the rest of the TSI team, look forward to working closely with David in the year ahead.  I am sure he will make his mark in a very positive way during his year in office.’

Simon Wilkinson , principal trading standards and licensing officer at the Vale of Glamorgan, said: ‘Together with all my colleagues I am very proud of David's achievement and wish him every success in the coming year.’


Notes to Editors

For further information, or to arrange an interview please contact TSI press office on 08456089430.  A photo of David Sanders is available on request.

Trading Standards Institute
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Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.
TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They also support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.
They also work in the business, consumer and central government sectors in promoting and influencing the safety, prosperity and enhancement of individuals and markets with a dependency on effective and professional trading standards contributions and interventions.