President - Lt Col (Retd) S M (Steve) Anderson RE
The Role and Responsibilities of the President ASADA
The President is the titular head
of the Association and as such presides at the ASADA Annual Meeting. He
also makes presentations of awards, such as the Ormerod Trophy, on the
recommendation of the Executive Committee. It is also his task to open
and close formally the Annual Joint Service Diving Conference when it
is the Army’s turn to host the event
His most important function is the
appointment of Chairmen of ASADA following consultation with MOD
(IPAT), ATG (A), the retiring Chairman, and other relevant authorities.
The President is responsible for
giving advice and assistance to the Chairman as necessary and he may
attend executive committee meetings although he does not have a vote on
matters of association business.
The President is normally a senior
officer, serving or retired, who is able and willing to lobby the
powers that be on any issues of vital concern to the association’s
interests. Ideally he would have experience as a sub-aqua diver or at
least a strong interest in the sport.
President: Lt Col (Retd) S M (Steve) Anderson RE
Steve started diving in 1977 as a RE basic compressed air diver (BCAD)
and in 1982 joined the Chepstow Special Branch BSAC. He gained his SADS
qualification in 1984 and BSAC Advanced Instructor qualification in
1988. He has logged over 1000 dives and has run numerous sub-aqua
expeditions in UK and abroad.
Steve has served on the ASADA committee in numerous appointments since
1984 when he was appointed ASADA UKLF Exepeditions Officer. He then
progressed through the appointments of Diving Officer, Secretary and
Chairman ASADA UKLF, Secretary ASADA and then from 1996 and 2000 as
Chairman ASADA. During his tenure as Chairman ASADA he initiated and
staffed the revised JS Diving Regulations (25 down to 5 pages). He was
appointed Vice President ASADA in 2003 and shortly after his retirement
from the Army in 2006 he was appointed President ASADA.
Steve is also the Chairman of the BSAC Special Branch No 651 (ASADA).