August 31, 2007

CPA elects new, more international committees

The Competing Pipers Association (CPA) met for its annual general meeting in Glasgow on August 26th and the 20-odd members present elected new executive and advisory committees comprising largely non-Scottish representatives.

John Angus Smith of London was made the new President, with Andy Rogers, Fredericton, New Brunswick, in as Vice-President. The six-member Advisory Committee is made up of three Scots, and American, a Kiwi, and a Canadian.

Several items were discussed at the meeting, including improvements of conditions and stewarding at the Argyllshire Gathering, increase of prize money in various events, and the need to add more judges to the list of the Joint Committee. Attendees at the meeting also discussed determined that an effort needs to made to recognize the efforts and needs of non-UK players.

The CPA’s membership has become increasingly international in flavour, with the organization working to represent solo pipers in competitions and events in the United Kingdom.


  • President – John Angus Smith, England
  • Vice- President – Andrew Rogers, Canada
  • Secretary – Tracey Williams
  • Treasurer – Fiona Manson, New Zealand

Advisory Committee

  • Richard Hawke, New Zealand
  • Jimmy MacGregor, Scotland
  • Andrea Boyd, Canada
  • Simon McKerrell, Scotland
  • P-M Michael Gray, Scotland
  • Lyric Todkill, United States

The terms of the new Executive and Advisory Committee are for two years. Smith takes over from departing President Simon McKerrell, who stays on in an Advisory role.


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  1. Hopefully this will add a breath of fresh air to the organisation – however, the website still hasnt been updated with any of this info and/or contact details for the secretary.

  2. Not sure the CPA needs fresh air as much as fresh hands. There seems a lot to do [mostly thankless] and it is all added to whatever other piping activities the committee members have on the go. The web site will likely get done when the committee is back from Aviemore!



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