Following the recent departure of Mandie Lavin as director general of the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association), the organisation has now appointed Andrew Barker and Andrew Stevenson to interim senior positions in the organisation.

The former Chief Executive of Deaf Direct after having previously worked for years with NRS Healthcare, Andrew Stevenson is to become the Association’s Interim Director General.

Andrew Barker, the former Managing Director of Mangar International, a member of the Charted Institute of Marketing and a graduate of the Henley Business School, is to become the BHTA’s Interim Commercial Director.

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Both Stevenson and Barker are members of the Board of the BHTA and, according to the Association, both appointments are anticipated to last approximately six months.

BHTA Chair Alastair Maxwell commented: “I am delighted that both Andrew Stevenson and Andrew Barker have agreed to step into these roles for the interim period pending a new recruitment for Director General.

“We are currently focusing on operating the BHTA Code of Practice, representing members interests and helping them face current challenges such as those concerned with public sector procurement.”

The appointments follow the departure of Mandie Lavin, who joined the BHTA at the start of June, proceeding Tracey White, the former Director General who went on to become the CEO for the Institute of Lighting Professionals in March.

Lavin left the Association on the 9th November, citing a change in personal circumstances since she was appointed to the role earlier in the year.

Following the Association’s Board meeting held on the 13th November, it has now agreed to begin the recruitment process for the next director general.

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