A leading Monmouthshire trading standards officer has been recognised for outstanding contribution to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and its annual conference. Gareth Walters was presented with the award by Peter McVeigh, managing director of sponsor Status International at CTSI’s annual conference, held this year in Harrogate.
Gareth’s award was made for his voluntary role in helping in the running of CTSI’s annual Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference, using his personal time with the support of the council, alongside his professional role in the trading standards profession, to act as front of house manager. The conference, one of the largest of its type in Europe, provides trading standards officers from across the UK with continuous professional and personal development through numerous workshops and plenaries dealing with consumer protection and business guidance.
Gareth has dealt with a large number of VIP speakers since he originally stepped up as a volunteer at the beginning of the millennium, a role he has maintained every year since. These have included government ministers and the chief executives of national corporations. In addition he has managed the staging of the Hero Awards – awards given to consumers who have worked with the trading standards service to expose rogue traders and helped with consumer protection.
Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said: “Gareth has been the consummate professional, bringing all the authority of his role as a trading standards officer, to front of house manager. The smooth running of this conference, which provides trading standards officers from across the UK with continuous professional and personal development through workshops and plenaries, benefits enormously from such generous and voluntary time given by CTSI members like Gareth. I am delighted that our main sponsor, Status International, has created this new award for his contribution to CTSI and conference”.