The Chief Executive of the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA), Ray Perry, will be stepping down from his role after four years of service.
Mr Perry will be moving to a new role as Chief Executive of the British Institute of Facilities Management.
Ray Perry said:
“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”.
“I would like to thank the members and the Council of the National Pawnbrokers Association for their support and friendship over the last four years”
“I will not end my links to pawnbroking as I am writing a book on the history of British pawnbroking as the industry does such a great job in serving the needs of communities across our country”.
NPA President, Paul Smit added:
“Ray has helped transform the National Pawnbrokers Association to be the modern, forward looking organisation it is today”,
“The membership services is superb – from a legal helpline to advice as to how to meet the regulatory requirements of the sector”.
“But 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”.
“Ray will help us in the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and we hope to make an announcement on Ray’s successor over the coming months”,.
“Ray will be sorely missed - but the fact that Ray is writing a book about pawnbroking demonstrates his continuing commitment to our industry”.
Notes for Editors
The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) was founded in 1892 and is the trade association representing pawnbrokers, from the large chains through to independents, in a £930m loan market growing year on year. It is the authoritative voice of the pawnbroking industry in the UK.
The NPA stands for expertise, fairness and transparency, professionalism and excellence. All our members are bound by our rules and a customer code of conduct. Pawnbroking is part of the credit industry and is regulated alongside banks and other lenders by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.