UK professional CPD register BASIS PROMPT has appointed a new chief operating officer (COO) to help drive the organisation forward and grow its membership further.
Linda Lippiatt is the first-ever COO to have been appointed by PROMPT, which represents more than 5,000 pest control professionals from across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The move to PROMPT marks a change for Linda, who has previously worked across the agriculture sector and was most recently Head of Operations at pork processing firm Tulip in Redruth, Cornwall.
A farmer’s daughter hailing from the West Country, Linda says that her experience in the agriculture and food industries has prepared her well for her new role at PROMPT, not least because both industries rely heavily on the professionalism and expertise of the pest control industry.
She said: “Whenever you store food or grain in huge quantities you are going to attract pests such as rats, mice or pigeons and so a pest problem that gets out of control can be catastrophic for producers.
“It means that I am fully aware of the need for a robust pest control culture and a strong working relationship with a professional pest control company, both of which underline the need for businesses in our industry to invest in ongoing CPD and be members of a register such as PROMPT.
“I am looking forward to promoting that while using my skills and experience to ensure that PROMPT is able to adapt to the challenges of the changing industry, continue to meet its members’ demands and help drive membership forward.”
Stephen Jacob, Chief Executive of BASIS PROMPT, said: “We are delighted to welcome Linda to PROMPT during what has been a momentous year for our register, which has gone from strength to strength during 2019.
“She brings with her enviable experience and a host of team management, commercial, operational auditing skills, which will prove to be invaluable as we move into 2020, which is a landmark year for PROMPT because it marks our 20th anniversary.”
PROMPT was established by the industry 19 years ago and provides independent proof that a pest controller has received proper professional training and continues to update their CPD.
For more information about BASIS PROMPT visit www.basis-prompt.co.uk