A farewell and a welcome

Paul Masters – Thank You and Farewell

Earlier this year we bid farewell to Paul Masters, who has been our hugely able Chairman since our inception back in 2008. It was Paul who kept all the legal and corporate aspects of the BSA running smoothly, and without him it would not be the solid organisation that it has become. Since retiring from his main job as Group Commercial Director at Corney and Barrow, Paul has been pursuing new and exciting opportunities, so after long and careful consideration he made the decision to step down from the board of the British Sake Association. We will miss his steady hand and wise counsel, but wish him every success in his chosen new direction; and of course hope to see him at future BSA events. A big ‘Thank You’ to Paul – we are immensely grateful for your work over the last thirteen years.

Brian Smith – Thank You

We are very fortunate that Brian Smith has offered to take over the corporate and legal aspects of Paul’s role, and will remain as Company Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, whilst relinquishing other of his membership tasks to new blood.

Sarah Stewart – Welcome

We are delighted to welcome Sarah Stewart to our team, as Membership and Events Officer. Sarah joined us a couple of years ago, as an enthusiastic member and supporter, and many of you will have met her at our events. Sarah will take over most of the duties that were previously Brian’s: Sarah will deal with membership renewals, issue membership cards and badges, and maintain our database. In future, it will be Sarah who you will contact to book events, on events@britishsakeassociation.org. Additionally, she can be reached on sarah@britishsakeassociation.org.

All of the above roles are of course, unpaid – all work is done on a voluntary basis – so please bear that in mind when contacting us.

Thank you.


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