The European Rescue & Recovery Initiative (ERRI) has appointed Derek Firminger FIVR as chairman following the resignation earlier this month of former chair Mark Crawley.
Derek has been member of the ERRI committee since its inception in 2010 and has worked tirelessly over the last few years, along with other committee members, to gain commitment at all levels for what is now known as ROLS, the Recovery Operators Licencing Scheme.
Derek said of his election;
‘I feel honoured to be representing the industry as ERRI chairman and take this opportunity to thank Mark Crawley for all his time and effort during his term. I have been committed to ERRI, and what it stands for, since Nikki King held the first meeting at the Tow Show in 2010. The next two years will be a busy and important time for the recovery industry with the introduction of our voluntary licensing scheme ROLS and the continuing need to be united as one voice.
ERRI needs to be the catalyst to achieve this while continuing to build the relationship and work with the Federation of Vehicle Recovery Associations (FoVRA).’
Mark Crawley held the post of chairman for over four years and has overseen many changes and developments. He has managed to get stakeholders talking to each other, sitting around the table and communicating in the best interest of the industry. His resignation follows his belief that it was time for a new person at the helm who could look at the organisation with fresh eyes and renewed vigour.
Mark, who will remain as vice chair for the next twelve months, said;
‘I would like to acknowledge the support that I have received over the years from all sectors of the industry. I feel sure the support will continue for Derek and I’m confident he will be greeted with as much enthusiasm as I was honoured with. ERRI still has both my personal backing and that of LARO and far from disappearing into the sunset I will revert to being vice chairperson for the next twelve months.’
In June it was announced that Derek Firminger FIVR had been appointed CEO of the Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO).