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BMRA announces massive internal review

A massive internal review of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has been announced, as the prestigious trade body enters a critical period.

President elect Peter Mathews is to delay taking up his post for two years in order to undertake the "root and branch" investigation.

He will draw up a five-year mission statement to for the association, which represents more than 350 members, who recycle 10 million tonnes.

Current president George Bond said: "Trade associations must move with the times. We are delighted that Peter Mathews has accepted the challenge to drive the association forward by carrying out this much needed review."

The BMRA was formed in 2001 by a merger of the British Secondary Metals Association and the British Metals Federation. But 2005 is proving to be a turbulent year.

The association recently announced it was to move from Cambridgeshire to the west Midlands. Then celebrated director general Neil Marshall quit as he did not want to commute to the new offices. A permanent successor is not expected for a number of months.

Caretaker director general Rick Wilcox said: "Running a trade association now is like running a business - you need to deliver value for money.

"The BMRA is four years old and we need to find out what our members want and analyse how we are representing them to Westminster and Brussels. This will be a root and branch review."

N Brookes & Bros director Peter Brookes will take the presidency from Bond in June, with Mathews remaining as president elect until he takes the post in 2007.

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