The British Cleaning Council (BCC), the voice of the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste sectors, elected Jim Melvin and Delia Cannings to serve as chair and deputy chair at its recent annual meeting.
Melvin, deputy of the BCC for the past two years, takes over the chairmanship from Paul Thrupp. He is group CEO of Exclusive Services Group and a director of the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA), takes the BCC chair until 2023.
Deputy chair Delia Cannings, who has been a BCC director since 2020, is also the National Lead for Education & Training at the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals.
Thrupp, the director of Retail Destinations at OCS, became BCC chair in 2019. He will continue to represent the Federation of Window Cleaners on the BCC council.
Melvin said: “I will have large shoes to fill as Paul Thrupp has been a superb chairman in what has been an extremely difficult time. His passion, desire and enthusiasm have been constant and his work in driving the BCC – and by definition, the recognition of the industry – has been unstinting.
“I look forward to working with Delia, Simon Hollingbery and the rest of the directors and associate members in achieving our aims.
“There is a great deal of work to carry on within the shape of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry and all the strategic plans that have been agreed.
“Again, I look forward to driving the plans forward and continuing the excellent work that has been done over the last few years and I thank everyone for their faith and trust.”
Cannings added: “At a crucial time and following the pandemic’s lessons, I am most grateful for the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals such as Paul Thrupp, who leaves an amazing legacy of missions accomplished including positioning the cleaning workforce for greater things.
“I absolutely believe it is time for the cleaning industry to shine brighter than ever before and look forward to working with colleagues as we face the challenges ahead and execute the cleaning industry’s development plan.”
Thrupp said: “I have been thrilled to see how recognition for the vital work of our industry and its staff has increased over the past two years after the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector and its staff performed their vital role magnificently during the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the proudest moments of my period as chairman was seeing the establishment of the APPG for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry early this year.”