Highclere Financial Services partner Alan Lakey says he quit the Apfa council because he was unable to exert “any influence whatsoever” during his 18 months as a council member.
Earlier today, Apfa said in a statement that Lakey had left the council to “pursue other opportunities”.
Lakey says: “I quit Apfa at a council meeting today. It is true that I have many more opportunities now I do not have to devote any more of my time to playing Apfa’s games.”
He says he joined the council in the hope of exercising influence over issues like the long-stop, but has been left frustrated by the way the trade body is perceived and run.
Lakey says: “When I joined Apfa I was told that the council formulates policy and the executive team follows it through. What actually happens is the executive team forms policy, and it is rubber stamped by the council.
“In my 18 months on the council I feel I have exercised no influence whatsoever. There is a political inner circle within Apfa which means ideas can be squashed before they have a chance to be considered.
“Many people view Apfa as a toothless organisation, and the problem is that perception is everything.
“People do not know what Apfa has achieved. It claims every victory it can, but it cannot prove that any of those outcomes were down to its influence.”