The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) has appointed Jim Tannahill as one of their Member Ambassadors in London to promote the expertise, compliance, transparency, professionalism and excellence of the pawnbroking industry.

NPA Member Ambassadors will play an active role in the community, educating and spreading the word about the usefulness of being able to borrow from a pawnbrokers and engaging with local MPs, regulators, Councillors, press and other relevant elected representatives.

NPA Chief Executive, Ray Perry, says:

‘The NPA will be providing full support and guidance to the Member Ambassadors, helping them reach out to their local community. It is important to us that our members are fully involved in our organisation and have an active role.'

‘Our Ambassadors will work on the ground to promote the morals and values of the NPA and our members businesses. Ambassadors have been chosen for their long service in the industry and their technical and practical knowledge – they truly understand how the industry works and are therefore able to share their experiences and knowledge with others, while acting for the NPA. This will crucially include members of the public and this is a pro-active move by the NPA that is more forward thinking than many associations much larger than us. It is a proud announcement that we are taking steps to show the openness of our trade.

'Jim’s expertise and experience gives him the tools be an impressive advocate for the sector. Jim acted as vice president of the National Pawnbrokers Association and currently serves on the Pawnbrokers Charitable Institute’s Board.’

NPA Member Ambassador, Jim Tannahill, says:

‘I have over 30 years’ experience in the pawnbroking industry. I started on the counter before working my way up through various posts, including a three-year tenure as MD, and now as the co-owner of an independent business. These opportunities have given me a good understanding of the industry at all levels. I will be able to use my experiences to help others understand and overcome the challenges that the industry faces.’