1 December 2018
The last time I wrote the Association Briefing I held the role of Membership Development Director; this has since changed and I have now taken on a new role of Business Development Director. This is an exciting role as CABE has developed rapidly in the last ten years, gaining the Royal Charter in 2013 and now the Engineering Council developments are taking place so we can offer Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician registrations.
My new role will allow me to build on the current success and develop relationships with new and existing members at all levels including individuals and organisations and ensure we are meeting members’ needs, recruit new members and grow the Association.
I will be working with members in the UK and Ireland and I will also work more closely with the international chapters to ensure they have the support to develop the chapters further. The start of this journey was a visit to the USA where Gavin Dunn, David Taylor and I attended the second CABE conference which was very successful. The conference was held in San Francisco, California, and attracted members from across the USA including Mississippi. The conference speakers delivered excellent talks and the action-packed agenda covered topics such as energy through to leadership and innovation. The visit ended with a strategy planning meeting for the chapter where engagement and growth strategy was discussed and panel training was undertaken to ensure professional interviews are delivered to the highest standard.
I want to say a special thank you to Jim Waltz, Chair, Charles Clay, Secretary, Nilesh Lal, Treasurer, and Ben Venktash, Ambassador from the USA team for their hospitality and who are doing a great job out there. They have increased membership, delivered the second CABE conference and have strong development plans.
Next stop will be Malaysia to attend a conference and deliver further training for panel members on the delivery of professional interviews. Further panel training will be delivered in New Zealand by Gavin Dunn. As demand increases for competency globally, CABE will be in a stronger position to ensure the delivery of professional interviews increases globally. Asia and the Middle East will also be visited next year.
I have already met with a number of Company Partners and delivered group presentations and one-to-ones to educate about the value of CABE membership, the membership application process including chartered routes and the importance of the membership journey in relation to career progression. These sessions have proved very successful.
I have been busy with a number of areas within membership including renewals of memberships; a high majority of members have renewed which is positive. David Taylor, Ken Ewing and I delivered panel training to over 40 new panel assessors who will assist in the delivery of professional interviews. The day was very successful and engaging resulting in 40+ newly trained assessors.
I am still working on the Diversity and Inclusion strategy and attended the CIC Diversity and Inclusion event with Jayne Hall. This event is raising the awareness of Diversity and Inclusion issues amongst the industry.
I am looking forward to working more closely with members and non-members to raise CABE’s profile and increase membership so, whether you are working in the public or private sector, or for an educational establishment, and would like to meet with me to discuss membership or are aware of anyone in the industry who would benefit from meeting with me, please contact me and I will be happy to arrange a meeting.
Business Development Director