ICHCA International Chairman retires
21.04.2016 – ICHCA International announces in its April 2016 Newsletter that its Chairman, David Bendall has retired. David, who successfully runs his own company Maritrade, based in Sydney Australia has served on ICHCA’s board for over 30 years and was its longest standing member.
During this period he has served in various capacities including Finance Director and Deputy Chairman culminating in the Chairmanship which he took post the Melbourne Conference when John Strang stood down. David has also been on the board of ICHCA Australia in various capacities for many years.
He has also seen a lot of changes in the organisation in that period but none as significant as those that have been realised in the last few years.
In his statement to the rest of the board on retirement he stated:
“We have passed through a period of intense and rapid change over the past few years which is to be expected in a mature international organisation confronting the challenges of a change in direction, a new business model and a radical change in corporate culture. That we have achieved all that in a period of very tight finances is a credit to all of us and I think we can be proud of the progress so far. Without the active and professional support of Richard Brough and the NLI team, we couldn’t have done it. However, there is still some way to go but, as of now, we have at last improved the reserves and can look forward to another successful year ahead.”
David’s final act for ICHCA was to close the extremely successful conference held recently in Barcelona that was attended by over 200 delegates and featured a high profile list of speakers including the Secretary General of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation, certainly a first for ICHCA and a fitting way to end a long and supportive role on ICHCA’s main board.
Everyone at ICHCA, and we are sure our members will join with us in this, wish David a long, healthy and happy retirement.