Resignations hit AVRO
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by David Craik • The Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators is in danger of collapse after the resignations of president John Huckle and vice president Jack Davies on 1 December revealed a major internal power struggle.
Ex-president Frank McAllister says Huckle had no alternative but to go, as his business development team, committed to professionalising and modernising AVRO, became disillusioned with the founding members' reluctance to change.
Richard Goddard, of Automania in Hounslow, was a business team member.
He says founding members were unwilling to adapt to new computer systems, new finance handling systems, and attempts to organise the AVRO Ex conference professionally.
"The recovery industry is crying out for professional national representation that can embrace the whole industry," Goddard says. "A bunch of old guys meeting over a pie and a pint is no longer good enough, "he says.
McAllister and Goddard are set to resign their membership in 1998, and McAllister believes the majority of AVRO members will do the same.
John Rogers, an AVRO spokesman, says the body will be governed by its management committee under Brian Drury until a new president is elected.
The spokesman maintains the double resignation will not harm AVRO due to the experience of the management committee.
Huckle's Bedford company, Buckdale Recovery, will remain a member but he is concerned that the association will now step back 10 years. "I feel so sad for the members," he says.