Press release from the Boating Industry Association:

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Past President and Life Member of the Boating Industry Association Mr Ian McAndrew.

Ian McAndrew
Ian McAndrew

Ian was elected to the BIA Board of Directors in December 1988. He was elected Vice President in December 1991 and served as President from April 1992 until May 2006. It was a record 14 consecutive years and post Presidency he remained on the Board serving as Immediate Past President.

Ian also represented Australia on the International Council of Marine Industries Association (ICOMIA) as well as The International Marinas Committee.

Past President Doug Olding said, “I served on the BIA Board alongside Ian and observed his obsession and passion for the Boating Industry and willingness to contribute on all matters at all levels. Ian consistently and generously gave his time and effort to the Association and Industry and never sought nor expected anything in return other than success for his fellow members.”

Through his dedication and ability to look at the Industry from a national perspective, Ian was a prime mover in the establishment of, and founding Director of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and a founding Director of the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

Ian was heard on many occasions saying; “I love this industry I wish I could do more. What more can we do? How do we achieve our goals?”

Past BIA General Manager and Life Member Roy Privett said: “Ian was a friend to us all. He was astute, passionate and leader of the Aussie Boating and Marina Industries.”

At meetings Ian would plead with members to make time available for the BIA. This is something he did in large doses.

Current BIA President Darren Vaux reflected on the energy and passion Ian had for the industry and described him as a “A true industry stalwart.”

The thoughts of the BIA’s Board of Directors, Councillors, Staff and Members are, and will be with Ian’s family.

Fair winds and following seas.

Rest in Peace.