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Stephen Harrison steps down as chairman of CHSA
21 January 2020
After five years leading the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA), Stephen Harrison, managing director of Harrison Wipes, has stepped down as chairman of the Association.
Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director of RPC bpi group, took over as chairman of the association at the meeting of its governing council held on 16 October 2019. “Stephen has made a significant and incredibly valuable contribution to the CHSA,” Lorcan said.
“I speak on behalf of all the council and the members we represent, when I say thank you. Under Stephen’s leadership we have increased the value provided to members and widened our influence. I am excited about the future, with plans to develop key initiatives including our drive to tackle the challenge of plastics in our sector but know Stephen will be a hard act to follow.”
“It has been an honour to serve the CHSA as Chairman,” said Stephen. “I have relished working with the excellent team taking the CHSA forward and am confident Lorcan will steer it through the next phase of its evolution.”
Known for maintaining standards in the cleaning and hygiene sector, the CHSA is run by its members, for its members. Stephen’s contribution is significant, having led the association through a period of change.
During Stephen’s time in office, the association’s accreditation schemes for manufacturers of soft tissue, plastic sacks and industrial cotton mops have increased in rigour, grown in membership and members now consistently achieve near perfect compliance in inspections. The association also successfully launched an accreditation scheme for distributors, all distributor members to be accredited from 1 January 2020. Now, more than ever before, the CHSA’s accreditation schemes make sure buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can be certain ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’.
The CHSA has developed its presence in the industry in recent years, Stephen supporting its increased engagement with other industry associations and supporting key industry initiatives including the Kimberley-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, the CSSA’s Innovation Showcase and the CSSA’s Innovation Awards.
Stephen’s term of office has also seen the CHSA raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity: Andi’s Fund, set up to raise £1million for life saving research into cancer; Helping Treat Cancer Together, the Royal National Institute for Blind People; and now Grief Encounter, which supports young people who have suffered bereavement. These have all received funds to support their valuable work.
The CHSA’s Undergraduate Bursary Scheme has also been reintroduced under Stephen’s tenure, giving a helping hand to the children of its members employees as they head off to university.