Jason Douglass to step down as SAPCA chair

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Jason Douglass, chair of the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA), has announced his intention to step down from the role when his two-year tenure comes to an end in December 2022. Jason was elected chair in December 2020.

During his time as chair, Jason has overseen a critical period in the journey of SAPCA, which in 2022 is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As well as helping to steer SAPCA and its members in their recovery from the effects of the pandemic, Jason also led the the appointment of Richard Shaw as SAPCA chief executive, following the retirement of Chris Trickey in June 2022.

“This year, we celebrated the association’s 25th anniversary, appointed a new CEO and welcomed new board members,” Jason says.

“Throughout the year, our active Working Groups have tackled live and relevant issues for the industry and we’ve also formed closer working relationships with key governing bodies of sport. It has been a positive year of tangible progress and outputs.

“At a time when our industry has an opportunity (and requirement!) to move forward as a leader in environmental sustainability – and support the membership in the months and years ahead – we must continue to be united and active in our efforts.

“Personally, it’s been my privilege and pleasure to welcome Richard Shaw as he’s joined the Association as CEO. Richard has impressed me with his ability to get under the skin of the association very quickly, identify opportunities for change and implement intelligent strategies for running the business.

“As I step down from a role I have enjoyed immensely, I’m confident that the direction of travel that’s been set is the right one, and SAPCA’s journey will continue positively and effectively for the betterment of sports and play facilities across the UK.

“The SAPCA community will thrive as an industry breeding ground for new entrants and experienced professionals to rub shoulders, network and learn from one another.”

SAPCA is now in the process of appointing Jason’s replacement.

SAPCA CEO, Richard Shaw, says: “Jason’s leadership and vision for SAPCA have driven the whole association forward, setting a blueprint for how we, as an organisation, will deliver on our goals. On a personal level, I’d like to thank Jason for his support, generosity of time and his commitment to doing things properly.”