The PPMA is welcoming a new chairman to embrace the trade association’s strategic goals

David Barber, head of R&D at Mettler-Toledo Safeline, is succeeding Tim Paul as chairman of the PPMA Group of Associations to continue its total support of members.

Barber was elected to the PPMA board of directors in 2017 and is the head of R&D for multinational metal detection specialist Mettler-Toledo Safeline. With experience in business transformation and helping to bring about a range of innovative products and services, this aligns strongly with the PPMA’s ethos in how it continues to support its 500+ membership.

He takes over from Tim Paul after two successful years in the chair.

Commenting on Barber’s appointment, former PPMA Group of Associations chairman Paul, said: “David has significant experience of implementing successful projects and embraces the Group’s strategic objectives in how it reaches out to even more members.

“Through the onset of the coronavirus and the UK’s future trading relationship with Europe, the PPMA has had to change its modus operandi due to the postponement of live events, face-to-face networking opportunities, and training and seminars – to name a few. We have had to be flexible, adapt to change, and look at other mediums to support members during the imposed restrictions.

“Under David’s chairmanship, and with the continued support of the PPMA board of directors and PPMA staff, I believe that we’re in a strong position to run our flagship PPMA Show next year (2021), as well as other bespoke industry events,” explained Paul.  “It is a huge credit to the way the PPMA has been run over many years and testament to those it continues to serve.”

In response to his new appointment, Barber paid tribute to Paul for his hard work, achievements, and helping to circumnavigate the Group through a period of unprecedented change.

“These are challenging times, but it has reinforced the value of trade associations to receive advice and for members to utilise the PR opportunities available to promote their products and services,” he said.

“It’s fair to say that the processing and packaging industry has probably outperformed many other industry sectors due to being heavily involved with the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.

“Economic challenges are often when the most opportunities arise because companies are forced to think outside of the box. Therefore, the PPMA needs to be an enabler to support members; whether through live or virtual events, business information, or lobbying-type activities in conjunction with associated third-party organisations.”

While Barber believes that the PPMA should always remain true to its roots in being able to stage world-class events, he recognises that the PPMA has come on a long way since the Association was founded in 1987 to what it can offer its membership today.

He believes that digital technology will have a greater role to play in how the Group engages with its members and the positive impact it can have on business efficiencies.

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