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‘Leadership’ theme for new TSI chairman

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has a new national chairman - Peter Denard, who is head of trading standards for Surrey County Council.

He has been elected to take over from Bryan Lewin, Northamptonshire County Council's head of trading standards, who has just completed his highly successful year in office for TSI.

Mr Denard has worked in trading standards for 38 years. Last year he headed up his authority's handling of the major foot and mouth disease outbreak in Surrey and will base his 2008/09 year on the 'leadership' theme for which he is renowned.

'It will be another challenging year for trading standards professionals - including a major review of consumer law, the establishment of the new Local Better Regulation Office and the implementation of the new Consumer Protection Regulations.' said Mr Denard.

'So it is not only my leadership of the profession that is important but also encouraging individual and personal leadership and development. The Local Better Regulation Office is keen to work with TSI on this theme and the Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACoRS) has just launched its new leadership development programme.

'It is also a continuing theme for the Society of Chief Trading Standards Officers (SoCTSO). It seems that we will be pushing at an open door in on this issue - and I am confident that, together with all the branches and societies of TSI, we can and will demonstrate our leadership and help shape the future of this profession and the service.'

Mr Denard, who started as a trainee inspector of weights and measures in Hertfordshire in 1970, added: 'I am honoured and delighted to take on the role of chairman of TSI, which is an incredibly successful organisation that, just like the service it represents, has always punched far above its weight. I would like to thank Surrey County Council and all my staff in trading standards for supporting me in this role.'

He joined Surrey County Council as a divisional trading standards officer in 1984 and became its chief officer in 1992. He has held many positions in TSI's South East Midlands branch, was director of TSI's annual conference for several years and has chaired LACoRS' Trading Standards Policy Forum, as well as being a past Chairman of the Society of Chief Trading Standards Officers.

Ron Gainsford, chief executive of TSI, said: 'I welcome Peter to the role of chairman. I am hugely excited at the prospect of Peter being at the chairman's helm of TSI. I am a great admirer of Peter's special qualities and he enjoys a deservedly high reputation in trading standards, local government and with our many stakeholders. His experience in all aspects of trading standards - both at the frontline and in helping to form policy and leadership - will be invaluable.'

David Harmer, Surrey County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: 'My congratulations to Peter on this well deserved appointment. His energy and commitment to the work of trading standards will enable him to take on this role with enthusiasm.'

Notes to Editors

A photo of Peter Denard is available on request from the TSI Press Office: 0845 608 9430,

Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute has represented the interests of Trading Standards professionals for 120 years. We have a long and proud history of ensuring that the views of our members are well represented at the highest level of government, both nationally and internationally.

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.