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Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Quarrying


James Thorne, currently Executive Director of Membership with IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), joins IQ as Chief Executive Officer, filling the post vacated by former IQ CEO Phil James at the end of August 2016.

Phil Redmond, IQ Chairman, says: “The board welcomes James Thorne to the IQ management team. His experience and expertise working in professional organisations will strengthen our long term plans and vision for the Institute as we enter our centenary year.”


James has a background in environment and sustainability and has a huge amount of experience working with volunteer networks and membership bodies. Before arriving at IOSH in 2014, he spent six years at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), becoming its Head of Membership Services.


During his time at IOSH, he has worked closely with members, developing research to understand the needs of the organisation’s 46,000-plus members around the world. He then led on enhancements to the support and services available to its membership, helping safety and health professionals to network, share knowledge and to develop their careers. Most recently James has been involved in supporting the development of IOSH’s new five-year strategy.

PIF Announces New Chairman 


The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) has announced the appointment of Steve Fowler as its new Chairman. Having been a director for 17 years, and seen it transition from a charity to a successful membership trade association, Fowler has presided over and increasing in numbers and a growing range of business benefits. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 PIF Awards for his outstanding contribution to the pet industry. He has also been an influential leader of PIF’s Event Committee which oversees the organisation of the annual PIF Forum.


Until April 2016, Fowler was MD of PamPurred Pets, a pet retail group in the south of England which he established with his wife, Debbie, in 1981. He oversaw its growth to 50 stores before it was sold to Pets Corner in 2016. 


Commenting, Fowler said: ‘I’m honoured to have been entrusted with the role of Chairman and look forward to working more closely with Nigel and the team to help shape the direction of the trade association. It’s an exciting time for PIF. Membership is growing and our lobbying work as the voice of the pet industry is stronger than it’s ever been. We are also looking forward to developing initiatives to raise awareness of our members and the importance of pet ownership to members of the public.  PIF is working towards establishing a framework for broadcasting in a more effective manner the benefits of pets to humans. I look forward to building on some excellent foundations and seeing PIF continue to grow in membership and influence.’

Football Association Marketing Lead


According to press reports, The Football Association (FA) has poached Microsoft’s head of digital, Georgina Lewis, to lead the marketing for English football.


Lewis will take up the head of marketing position left by Russell James, who moved internally at the end of 2016. The role is currently being held, on an interim basis by long-term FA consultant Ed Coan, until Lewis’ starts on 27 February.


Lewis said she was “thrilled” to be joining a brand which she believes “has meaning far beyond football in society”. She added: “There has never been a better time to step into this role, with marketing possibilities and technological innovation giving us the opportunity to deliver an experience for and with our audiences they have never had before. I can’t wait to get started.”

Lewis joined Microsoft as marketing manager before moving to head of social media and eventually taking up her current role as head of digital. In her new position she will report directly to the FA’s commercial and marketing director, Mark Bullingham, and will be responsible for overseeing existing marketing, digital and customer relations teams.


Source: The Drum