Pub industry veteran Grant played a key role in the BII Council, having served as treasurer for five years before stepping up to chair the organisation. The news comes just over a week after BII members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the restructuring of their council in a bid to save money.
Of his decision to call time on his chairmanship at BII, Grant said: “I am extremely proud to have served the industry’s leading trade organisation as chairman. I have enjoyed my time at the BII immensely but feel that now is the right moment to hand the baton to one of my colleagues.
“I have always had in mind that I would see through the AGM vote – to ratify some significant and progressive changes to the way the BII is run – and then make way for someone new.
“I wish my colleagues well and look forward to seeing the BII flourish under the leadership of the new Council and new chief executive Peter Thomas, who I am confident will lead the BII into a new and exciting era.”
Evolve and change
Brindley, who is a regional chairman of the BII and also chairs the Pub Independent Rent Review Scheme, said of his new role: “All organisations evolve and change and now it’s the BII’s turn,” said Brindley. There is much to do and Martin wanted the new team to take up this activity and take it forward. He believed his job was done and we are very grateful for Martin’s unstinting time and effort as chairman, and we wish him well.
“Our reorganisation is important and significant as it will provide a new focus and point of contact with our members.”
The BII’s chief executive Peter Thomas said: “I have known of Martin’s intention for some time. His plan was always to see important constitutional changes rubber-stamped by the membership before signalling the end of his chairmanship.
“I would like to pay tribute to the 10 years of unwavering service that Martin has given BII. He has made a significant contribution and has steered the institute through a period of important change. I would like to be among the first of my colleagues to personally thank him for his hard work and dedication and wish him well for the future.
“I am also delighted to be able to announce that Bernard Brindley, a long-standing, hugely popular and highly-valued BII figure, has accepted the invitation of the Council to succeed Martin. I look forward to working with Bernard. His appointment as chairman guarantees continuity but moreover, Bernard’s leadership and wise counsel will prove invaluable as we move forward.”