National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) chief executive, Ray Perry, has announced he will be stepping down from his role to pursue a new job.
After four years of service, Perry will be leaving the NPA to a new job at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), where he will be taking the position of chief executive officer.
Perry will take up the BIFM CEO post in late May 2016.
Perry comments: “It has been an honour to serve the pawnbroking industry. It is a sector that can provide loans which are far more affordable compared to some loans from high street banks.
“We are a responsible and ethical industry which ensures there is appropriate lending to consumers. We work hand in hand with the Financial Conduct Authority to ensure 21st century pawnbroking remains a key part of the vibrant consumer credit market across the United Kingdom.”
Despite a change in job, Perry will not yet be ending his links to the pawnbroking industry as he is currently writing a book on the history of British pawnbroking, highlighting the “great job” the industry does in serving the needs of communities across the country.
Perry will also help the NPA in the recruitment process for a new chief executive officer. The NPA hope to announce a new successor over the coming months.
NPA president, Paul Smit adds: “Ray has helped transform the National Pawnbrokers Association to be the modern, forward looking organisation it is today.
“Ray has done more than just serve the members. Ray has played a key role in positively promoting the pawnbroking industry to the wider public and to Government.”