Senior executives from HSBC and TNT to help drive UK business performance

The British Quality Foundation (BQF), the membership organisation for accredited performance improvement, today announces the appointment of two new board members. Patrick Nolan, Vice Chairman of HSBC Global Banking and Markets and Marianne Culver, Managing Director of TNT, will both join the board of the BQF. They will support the new Director General, Russell Longmuir, in delivering the BQF’s strategic objectives: expanding its footprint, broadening its exposure across bellwether UK industry sectors and supporting British businesses as they embark on initiatives to continuously improve their performance.

The BQF equips organisations with the tools, training and skills, as well as access to a widespread network, to enable them to invest in their own performance improvement programmes and share best practice with other members.    It provides support as businesses develop their capabilities and continue to innovate.   With more than 500 members, including some of the UK’s most successful businesses such as Barclays, Virgin Media and O2, the BQF is the largest UK corporate membership organisation committed to promoting, facilitating and raising the standards of excellence.

Marianne Culver, who leads TNT’s UK business, brings extensive leadership and management experience and a track record of driving customer and supply chain excellence on a global scale. Patrick Nolan brings his experience from developing relationships with some of HSBC’s largest clients in the UK and North America and has enhanced the bank’s processes during a period of change within its North American operations.

Russell Longmuir, Director General of the BQF, said: “Marianne and Patrick bring exceptional depth of experience to our Board, which will be invaluable as we seek to expand our membership and help British businesses to improve their performance and achieve sustainable excellence.  We look forward to working more closely with them both going forward and benefiting from their expertise in adding value to our members.”

TNT’s Marianne Culver added: “Joining the BQF’s Board marks the continuing and strengthening of a 20-year relationship between TNT and the BQF. At a pivotal moment for our own industry, I have seen at first hand the significant contribution that the BQF has made to our company’s performance and I am looking forward to helping to deliver management knowledge and experience to businesses across the UK.”

HSBC’s Patrick Nolan said: “The BQF is dedicated to recognising and sharing best practice for the benefit of its members and has built a platform from which it can add significant value to businesses across the UK.  The opportunity to contribute to its continued growth and work with some of the UK’s most prominent business is compelling.  I look forward greatly to playing my part in that continued success.”

By Alison