In a surprise move BASI, the British Professional Snowsports Instructor licencing body, has announced the departure of CEO Andy Lockerbie. In a statment they said:
"On behalf of the Board I am writing to inform you of some changes within the BASI Management team. After discussions with the Board lasting several months, Andrew Lockerbie decided to step down from his role as CEO and as a Director of BASI and left his position on the 16th September 2019. Andrew has worked tirelessly to help BASI over many years, built and led a close knit team in the office and leaves with our thanks and appreciation for all that he has done in this time.
"In the short term, rather than replacing Andrew with a permanent like for like option, the Board voted to use this moment as an opportunity to review many aspects of our overall operations and strategy. As you are no doubt aware, we are all experiencing a period of rapid political and environmental change, so we will be working over the coming months to ensure that BASI is set up for continued success in the years to come & sufficiently resilient to meet whatever challenges we may face. We will of course communicate the result of this once the work is complete.
"To support this work and also to ensure Andrew’s work does not lose momentum, Jas Bruce and Kevin Edwards have been asked to join the management team and work on behalf of the Board on a short-term, part-time basis. Both Jas and Kevin are full time trainers in Alpine and Snowboard disciplines respectively, known to those in the office and already familiar with many of our operations. This will enable them to adapt quickly to their new areas of focus and, with the support of the Board and their management team colleagues, will ensure minimal impact to members and the service levels they expect from the organisation.
"Once again, on behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Andrew for his commitment and hard work over the years and congratulate Jas and Kev on their new temporary assignment. If any member has any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the Board directly.
BASI's role in a post brexit Europe has been a topic of much discussion but the reason for the CEO's exit remains unknown.