I'm sad to inform you that Colin Laing has decided to resign his position as Regional Officer - North. This has been brought about by the additional responsibilities of his new job which he explains in his resignation statement below. We much appreciate the unstinting enthusiasm and commitment Colin has made to the BTBA over the past 6 years, with his particular emphasis on the Northern region during his role over the past couple of years as Regional Officer.I am pleased to announce that Dave Malpas (Area Secretary of Northumberland) will be taking over the position from 1 November following an October transition when Colin will hand over the reigns. Colin will continue however, as Assistant Regional Officer to Dave which will allow for some continuity. Dave is well known in bowling circles and will certainly be an asset to National Council and, in particular, to the bowlers of the Northern region.
On hearing of his appointment, Dave commented:
"I’ve been bowling since I was 13 (42 years ago – I should be better by now) and I’ve been involved in running leagues since 1976, starting with the YBC at Newcastle, a student league at the Airport Bowl and now three leagues and the Northumberland Association back in Newcastle.
My main aim, apart from keeping our current bowlers informed and to listen to and act on their ideas, is to attract new bowlers to the sport and I’d like to continue Colin’s aim of building a strong network of bowlers in the north. MFA Newcastle is a bowling ‘family’ and we can spread that concept throughout the northern region and the UK".
I know you will all join me in extending a warm welcome to Dave!
Director of Membership Services
Announcement from Colin Laing, Northern Regional Officer
When I stood for reappointment to this role, I was excited to serve a second term as the Northern Regional Officer and looked forward to seeing through the work that we had started as a far more cohesive Council than in recent times. However, I was unaware of the career change that I would undertake less than two months later. This has left me with significantly less time for my voluntary activities than previously, whilst also presenting a number of other exciting opportunities in itself which would require my time and attention.
I have always said that if I could not give something the time it deserves that I would stand aside and let someone else take on the job that was able to give it what it required. This is one such time.
Therefore it is with a huge amount of sadness that today I announce my intention to stand down as Northern Regional Officer, and in turn my place on National Council. Dave Malpas, Area Secretary for Northumberland, will be taking over the position from 1st November following a short handover period. Dave brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and good humour to the role and I am delighted to have him as my successor. I have always felt that the Norther RO needed to be someone from “proper North” and now we have it. I could not be happier.
I will be continuing as the U25 County Secretary, and my position as General Secretary of the Scratch League Network remains unchanged, but in order to spend the time I need on my new work projects – which include establishing Stroud YBC – I have had to make this difficult decision.
I would like to thank National Council for their support over the past 6 years, most notably Pat White and Matt Miller for appointing me to the Recovery Group back in 2009 to begin with, but also Jerry Moll and Richard Beck – my Membership Services Directors – along with the rest of my Membership Services team.
I believe that the BTBA is in a far stronger and more stable position than it was back in 2009 when I joined the Recovery Group, in no small part due to the steadying hand of Ron Griffin at the helm and people that want to be there, rather than feel they have to be. I believe it still has much to do and a lot of reforms to continue making, but I am confident with the right individuals in place – such as we have now – it will continue to thrive.
Finally to the bowlers and Associations in the Northern Region, I would like to put on record my appreciation to all of you. You may be struggling with your centres in places, but the talent and good people you have amongst you are a credit to each and every County. Long may it continue.
Yours in Bowling - "Your Sport For Life"