Overnight the British Sub Aqua Club has released the results of their recent election. (This election was independently operated by the Electoral Reform Services.)
BSAC welcomes a new Chairman, Treasurer and three council members.
The new Chairman is Alex Warzynski. He polled 1,040 votes and replaces Eugene Farrell who was elected in 2014.
Alex Warzynski - known to the Brit diving fraternity as 'Woz' - has an understanding of how dive clubs work, having been a member BSAC for 26 years.
Woz started diving in 1989 with Newcastle University. He joined Nottingham University SAC in 1999 when he was asked by their President to help out because they were short of instructors.
Today Woz is a BSAC Advanced Diver, BSAC Advanced Instructor, an ITS Instructor Trainer, and a Trimix rebreather diver.
In the past nine years he has previous held key positions in this club including 'Diving Officer' (2007 - 2009, and 2012); Assistant Diving Officer (2009 - 2010) and Boat Officer (2005 - 2007).
Woz told us earlier today that he is "passionate and driven to change BSAC into the organisation that you would have to be bonkers not to be a member of".
"BSAC is going through a period of substantial change with extensive plans in place to support members and reverse the decline in numbers. And crucial to this is a Chairman who can drive these changes forward, and they need to have skills in strategy development, implementation, business, innovation, negotiation and the trust of those who deliver this. My day job is managing director of a successful and growing engineering business with a similar turnover and size to BSAC, so have a proven track record with all of those skills and can transfer them to help grow BSAC into the organisation it should be." Alex Warzynski
Woz has already served on Council for six years, two of which as Vice Chair, therefore he should be ready to meet the challenges as the new Chairman of BSAC.
"Members need to be at the centre of everything - we need to focus on making members’ lives as easy as possible so we can concentrate on what we all want - to get in the water and go exploring with our mates.
What BSAC uniquely does really well is go diving and I want to strengthen that position by offering clear value for money with effective member support. I have already been working with the regional teams to deliver better club and member support to help clubs recruit, train and go diving.
I have a great relationship with the staff at HQ, NDC, Council and regional coaches and have the full support of National Diving Officer Sophie Heptonstall. It’s really important that we all work together to give members the support they need within a clear overall strategic direction so that members keep diving, and stay members of a great BSAC." Alex Warzynski
The new Honorary Treasurer is Louise Whitehouse. The new new members of BSAC council are Michelle Kim, Claire Howard and Rachel Sharp.
The successful candidates will take up their BSAC Council positions after the BSAC AGM, to be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 9.30am at The Manfred Suite, Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 2AL.
The result of the Special Resolutions vote will be announced at this year’s BSAC AGM.
BSAC would like to thank every candidate who stood for election, and congratulate those who were elected.
- Alex (Woz) Warzynski – 1,040 Elected
- Stephen Martin - 396
- Mark Allen - 379
- Damian Wozniak – 125
Total votes cast:1940
- Louise Whitehouse – 1,015 Elected
- Janos Suto – 831
Total votes cast:1846
Council (three positions available):
- Michelle Kim – 766 Elected
- Rachel Sharp – 716 Elected
- Claire Howard – 711 Elected
- Dave Bell – 701
- Trevor Brown - 671
- Dai Atkins - 667
- Rob Higgie –450
Total votes cast: 1,825