Pender, who has led the BII for four years, restructured the membership programme and organisational structure during his term.
He has also helped raise the profile of the organisation as an influencer in industry debates. Notably, he took the Government to task over business rates reform in June when he told a packed audience at the body’s summer party that Westminster was “failing pubs” on business rates.
At the time he said he’d like to see “a total re-evaluation of the business rates system” calling for open discussions to get the best outcomes.
Working with chief executive Mike Clist, Pender leaves the organisation in a financially stable and sustainable state with a clear strategic direction.
He said: “It’s been a fantastic four years working with a large team of both team members at Farnborough and exceptional individuals who volunteer their time to make the BII tick. As a team we’ve focused the organisation on its key principles of training, professionalism and standards. With a stable foundation now in place and clear direction, there is the real chance to continue the growth of the BII and ensure it supports the future of the pub and hospitality workforce.”
Pender is also Yummy Pub Co managing director and co-owner, which runs a number of pubs, including the Somers Town Coffee House in Euston, north London. The site recently suffered a dramatic fire in its upper floors but was able to reopen within a matter of weeks. No one was injured in the blaze.
Hunt for a successor
The BII said it is looking for a successor who will be able to focus on delivering the strategic plan, enhancing member benefits and provide a renewed focus for the in-house training it offers.
It is welcoming applications for the chair’s role from interested parties “who feel that they have the skills to build on the successful changes made to date”.
For enquiries about the chair’s role, contact the BII.