Jane Streeter named BA president
17.05.10 | Victoria Gallagher

Jane Streeter, owner of The Bookcase in Lowdham, has been named as the new Booksellers Association president at the BA’s a.g.m. today (17th May).

Sharon Murray, outgoing president, named Streeter as president and said she had “thrown herself into the world of indies”. Murray added: “We already owe a lot to Jane for her passion and sharing her passion.” Streeter has owned The Bookcase for 14 years and previously worked at Hammicks.

Of Murray, Streeter remarked: “She has actually been president on and off for quite a long time, stepping up and down with remarkable agility . . . she is a hard act to follow indeed, I’m really scared.”

The two vice-presidents will be Bob Jackson, commercial director of Gardners and David Prescott, head of UK sales at Blackwells.

Further changes to the BA include: Stuart Matthews, managing director of Book Tokens, who will be retiring in July and Tim Triggs, finance director of the BA Group who is leaving the organisation to “move onto other things”. Willie Anderson will also be stepping down from his role as chairman of Book Tokens later on this year.

At the a.g.m., Tim Godfray c.e.o. of the BA , recapped 2009 and said it had been “good in parts”. “One of the most depressing things for me was the closure of Borders and Books, Etc just before Christmas,” he said. However Godfray named the launch of the electronic gift card, World Book Day and IndieBound as some of the “best things” done this year.

Godfray also announced that the BA has been working with Google and when Google Editions launches later this year all BA members will have an opportunity to trade on it. Godfray added: “We’ve also just signed an agreement with Google that our membership database will be uploaded to Google to direct consumers to bookshops.”

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