NPA Announces New Chief Executive


The NPA have today announced that a new Chief Executive has been recruited to replace Ray Perry the current CEO in June of this year.

The NPA have today announced that a new Chief Executive has been recruited to replace Ray Perry the current CEO in June of this year.

Stu McInroy joins from the Bookmakers’ Committee where he was General Secretary for the statutory body parented by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the last 7 years. He has been responsible for achieving the strategic goals defined by the Committee and was the point of contact for all Horserace Betting Levy related matters.

Prior to this Stu had a 21 year career in the RAF where he was variously an aviator, held responsibility for the training and competence of personnel in his squadron, and ultimately rose through the ranks to Wing Commander where he worked in the Ministry of Defence advising the Secretary of State for Defence and Heads of the Armed Forces whilst liaising closely with other Government Departments and Agencies.

Stu said;

“Pawnbroking is a modern, professional, socially responsible and highly regulated industry – and one which I am delighted to be joining. My previous experience of Government, Parliamentarians and regulators should hold me in good stead in order to best serve NPA members. I’m eager to develop my knowledge of the industry and look forward to meeting NPA members large and small and representing them at local and national level in order to meet the challenges ahead .”

NPA President, Paul Smit added:

“I am pleased to be welcoming Stu to the Association and look forward to him building on the successes of Ray and the team in driving the understanding and importance of pawnbroking to a broad audience of stakeholders whilst supporting the profession.”

The current Chief Executive, Ray Perry stated:

I am pleased to be handing the role to someone of Stu’s calibre and look forward to introducing him to our key stakeholders. I’m sure his experience will help the Association build upon our activities of the last few years.’

Ray is leaving the role after four and a half years to take the position of Chief Executive of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Ray’s book ‘The Pawnbrokers’ is now available at and on kindle.



Notes for Editors

  1. 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.


  1. The Pawnbrokers – The Fall and Rise of Pawnbroking by Ray Perry (£8.99) can be obtained from Amazon at      It is also available on Kindle