ILTSA Council of Management
Introducing the team that runs the Institute of Licensed Trade Stock Auditors.
Steve Berry F.I.L.S.A. - President
After leaving school, Steve took up an apprenticeship as a stocktaker, and several years later entered the hotel trade - finishing up as Manager of a reputable hotel outside Edinburgh. He left the trade in 1976 to become a director of a newly formed stocktaking business, and subsequently progressed to become Scottish Regional Manager for one of the largest national stocktaking companies. He later moved on to become a partner in a stocktaking company, based in Edinburgh, and covering the whole of Scotland.
He took on the job as Co-ordinator in 1983, when the then Association was at a very low ebb, and made remarkable progress in gaining recognition for members throughout the Country. After ten years as Secretary he became Chairman of the Institute in 1997. Steve is now President of the Institute, and until recently was also Chairman of the Training and Examination sub-committee. In 2008 Steve was rewarded with life membership for his twenty five years unstinting service to the Institute.
Brett Websdale F.I.L.S.A. - Chairman
After leaving school, Brett joined a local leisure firm as Trainee Manager and was quickly promoted to Retail Manager and Stocktaker for the 9 Holiday Parks located in Scotland and East Anglia. After 12 years and promotion to Area Director, Scotland, he moved to London to help manage his brothers Private Medical Practice. After 4 years, 2 trips round the world and newly married, Brett decided to settle back in his native North East and set up his own stocktaking firm in 2004.
Brett joined the Institute in 2005 and was elected on to Council in 2009 becoming Chairman in May 2016.
Chris Swift F.I.L.S.A. - Marketing & Magazine Editor
On leaving school, Chris undertook an apprenticeship in the kitchen of a five star London hotel. He returned to catering college, obtaining an O.N.D in Hotel and Catering Operations, before passing his HCIMA finals at Thomas Danby College in Leeds. He worked for many years in hotel management before branching off into public house management in the Midlands.
In 1985 he took his first tenancy in Halifax, eventually ending up with four pubs under his management. He served for a time on the Samuel Webster Tenant stream. He started up his own stocktaking and consultancy business in 1987 and was a joint Winner of the George Webber Trophy in 1989.
He joined the Council of Management in 1995 and was the editor of “The Stock Auditor” the magazine of the Institute until 2002 when he took over responsibility for co-ordinating the marketing of the Institute. In 2004 further changes at the Institute saw Chris taking back the magazine and helping his wife, Diane, in the day to day running of the Institute.
Ron Foster F.I.L.S.A. - Treasurer
Ron left school in 1970 & joined a major stocktaking company in London. He worked in the office for three years before being let loose on the publicans of London & the Thames Valley. Ron spent a number of years working for that company in Germany Belgium & Holland, being away for a week at a time every month.
Ron eventually left in 1993 after 23 years and went self employed, He also joined the institute that year, after many years of ear bashing from Norman Clements, He won the George Webber award that same year. Ron has served on Council for the last ten years. With his experience of Continental working he spearheaded the TUI initiative which may have seen Institute members carrying out stock audits throughout Continental Europe. In 2009 he took over as Treasurer, successfully steering the Institute through the turmoil of the past few years.
Mike Murdoch F.I.L.S.A - Training and Examinations
After leaving a family stocktaking firm in 1981 Mike started his own business. He joined the Institute in 1984 winning the George Webber award for that year. He joined the Council of Management three years later and remained for thirteen years actively involved in the Training Seminars and the running of the Institute.
Whilst expanding his own successful business he indulges in his other great passion – wine. He left our Council for a brief period becoming Treasurer for the Association of Wine Educators. In 2004 he rejoined Council but still remains a Wine Educator, a free lance journalist and Member of the Circle of Wine Writers. This enables Mike to have free access to the major wineries and vineyards around the world.
Mike tries to visit at least one different wine producing country per year whilst juggling with his own business and Institute commitments. In 2008 he took over as Chairman of the Examination and Training sub-committee.
Paul Hunt M.I.L.S.A.
After leaving school Paul went to college for two years to study catering, leaving with City & Guilds qualifications and a BTEC Diploma in Hotel & Catering Studies. Paul then worked in the hospitality industry in various positions In 1999 he decided it was time for a career change but still wanted to work in hospitality. An opportunity arose to purchase a stocktaking business which he did working with the vendor for a number of years.
Paul has a varied client base in Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire,Somerset & Berkshire. What he enjoys most about stocktaking are the mixture of characters you meet, the diversity of the job, the challenges of solving stocktake problems and helping business to succeed. Paul also works in his local pub.
Louise Windsor F.I.L.S.A.
Louise believes she has the best of both worlds: she lives in the beautiful, tranquil hills of Shropshire yet has easy access to the central motorway network & to the Midland counties and its large cities.
Louise started Stock Taking in 2001 when she was looking to return to a commercial career after caring for her daughters full-time. Apart from working in hotels as a student, her background prior to that was not in the hospitality industry.
Louise has a degree in Modern Languages & Economics and a post-graduate qualification in marketing & sales. She shadowed a close friend learnt the trade, did her studies, took her exams and became a qualified ILTSA member in 2003 and a Fellow in 2011.
Diane Swift F.I.L.S.A. - Secretary
Married to Chris Swift for over thirty years Diane took over as secretary of the institute in 2004. The office based in Halifax looks after the needs of over three hundred members, promotes new membership and organises training courses and examinations.
The office is contactable every day for the benefit of all members and new clients are always given the list of qualified members if a stock auditor is needed.
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