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New FANZ chairman named

last updated on 18th August 2011

17 August 2011 - The new chairman of the Franchise Association for 2011-2012 is David Foster.

David Foster, the new FANZ ChairmanFor the first time in its history, the Franchise Association has a Chairman who comes from outside Auckland. David Foster is a specialist franchise lawyer based in Tauranga and has worked hard to grow the Franchise Association's regional activities. He served on the Board from 2003-2010, including two years as Vice Chairman, and was re-elected in July this year. The new Vice Chairman is Stephen Mansfield, the New Zealand master franchisee for Quest Serviced Apartments.

David Foster has long been a committed supporter of FANZ events, regularly driving from Tauranga to attend meetings in Auckland and Hamilton as well as other centres. He is also a regular writer and commentator on franchising issues.

The new Chairman told Franchise New Zealand, 'The Association is in good stead and I wish to increase its strength further to enable it to be a truly excellent voice for the sector and help us achieve the things that members see as critically important. We have some excellent new board members in Ian Robertson (Paper Plus) and Stephen Mansfield (Quest Serviced Apartments). In addition, Brem Ellingham of Fastway Couriers has been co-opted to the Board.'
 
In his original board election statement, David highlighted a number of areas in which he would like to see progress made. 'As a lawyer, I have a deep understanding of the issues faced by both franchisors and franchisees,' he said.  'I am well aware from both my legal practice and from my time as a member of the FANZ Complaints Panel that franchising is all about relationships. My concern is to help protect those relationships and enable positive outcomes for all concerned.'
 
'Part of that solution is having a strong Association not just in Auckland but around the country. I have been FANZ co-ordinator in the Bay of Plenty for some years and over the last 12 months have also re-established the Waikato chapter. It concerns me that no events have been scheduled in Whangarei or the South Island this year. New Plymouth and Whangarei no longer even appear on the Events Calendar. I am keen to encourage increasingly strong chapters in all parts of the country to enable franchisors and franchisees to access local expertise.'
 
'Of course, for the Association to be strong it must also set and maintain high standards. During my time on the Complaints Panel, two franchisor members were terminated for non-compliance with the Association's rules, which I hope sends a strong message that we are willing and able to self-regulate the sector. However, it is important that we also set and maintain high standards for affiliate members. In my previous term on the board, I pressed strongly for the introduction of robust quality controls on affiliate membership to ensure that those seeking assistance from accountants, consultants, lawyers and others are properly advised.

The positions of Chairman and Vice chairman were voted upon by the Association's seven elected Board members at today's Board Meeting in Auckland. Estelle Logan has stepped down as Chairman after three years.

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