1 June 2019
From the Office of the President
So, will somebody please tell me where the time goes? I’m sat here writing my first Presidential column, which I’m late with of course, and it’s fair to say that these last two years in which I’ve had the privilege of being one of your Vice-Presidents has gone by in the blink of an eye.
These last two years have truly amounted to some of the most rewarding times of my career to date, albeit the road hasn’t always been easy of late for our industry. With the second anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy fast approaching and what with housing supply, the need for greater levels of energy efficiency from our buildings, and a growing appreciation of the effects of climate change never far from the news, it has also amounted to a time where our collective industry has been in the public and political spotlight, perhaps like no other time in its history. However, this is the time for professional Associations like ours to ramp up their activity and to lead by example on solutions for the important issues that lie before us. Luckily for us these last two years have seen our Association being led by our two-term President David Taylor.
Our House of Lords luncheon is one of my favourite events in the CABE calendar and typically sees the arrival of our new President, me on this occasion, but more importantly it is an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to say thank you to our outgoing President. It is a huge personal honour for me to become President, albeit I can’t lie, it is a tad intimidating. The role of President is made all the more intimidating by the fact that you have to follow in the footsteps of our past Presidents, and in my case including our now Immediate Past President David Taylor, who has done an exceptional job. His drive, enthusiasm and commitment to the role has enabled CABE to make a real impact in our industry and help facilitate much needed change at a most challenging time. Like the gent that he is, he has always acknowledged that he managed to do what he did because of the support of his family, our amazing CABE team, and of course you, our all-important members. Well, he’s been brilliant and on behalf of all of us members I just wanted to put on record our thanks for all that he’s achieved for CABE
Leading by example
CABE is helping to set the agenda, and it is truly leading by example. The work we have already undertaken with our new Code of Professional Conduct, supported by the new Guide to Ethical Professionalism along with the upcoming Competency Framework for all levels of our membership see us as leading by example. We are taking clear action on competency to ensure Chartered Building Engineers are professionals that can be relied upon and clearly recognised as such.
These are all the things and more that I will be looking to push forward with in my Presidential year ahead. I also hope to use my experience, knowledge and position to support and grow the Association on a national and international perspective, all the while promoting robust professional and ethical standards and the continued importance of good design both within CABE and in collaboration with other professional institutions. We’re already achieving truly great things together, but we’ve got lots more to do and I look forward to meeting a great many of you in the coming weeks and months as we move forward on our journey together.
Out and about with CABE
Talking about getting out and about meeting people, these last few months have been pretty full on.
I was in Dublin at the end of April where I attended a meeting of the General Assembly of the Association of European Experts in Building and Construction to hear what they have been up to of late and it also provided an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from local senior professionals of their experience of working in the region. The gathering also saw our very own David Courtney FCABE being awarded the EuBE European Building Expert designation – well done David!
Next up, saw me heading to the South West. buildeng Southwest is always a great event and I’ve had the privilege to attend most of them. Rob Gary, Trevor Jacklin and all of the South West Regional Committee always put on a great event in an amazing venue and this year was no different. Another packed house at the Haynes Motor Museum heard from a great line-up of speakers including our very own CEO, Gavin Dunn, who took us through his personal thoughts around what the future of our building regulations might look like, including the next review of Part L (Energy Efficiency) of the English Building Regulations. Gavin is, in fact, chairing the BRAC Working Party which is guiding the next review of Part L for new dwellings.
It was then time to head north to Scotland, firstly to Edinburgh to meet with colleagues at the Association of Project Safety and then onto Glasgow to the Caledonian University for the buildeng Scotland event. Our CABE buildeng regional events are hugely important dates in our annual calendar and it never ceases to amaze me the calibre of the speakers they secure and the number of members and non-members alike that attend. Regional Chair Andrew Turriff and the team put on another great event with a number of great presentations, including one from the Scottish Regulator, Dr Stephen Garvin, who provided a detailed update on the upcoming changes to Technical Standards, including those in response to Grenfell. It was a great day and my first regional event as President.
Right, that’s it from me for now, have a good month.
Ant Burd BSc(Hons) C.Build E PCABE FCABE MIFireE FRICS