Association Briefing October 2017

Regional conferences and events Sarah Sivyer

During my previous Association Briefing I was lucky enough to be able to share with you news of our Regional Officers’ Training and Induction Day; since then we have been working together with our regional committees in order to deliver on some of the joint working ventures we established as priorities.

Engagement with you, our members, is still absolutely key to the ongoing success of the Chartered Association and we would encourage you to support any regional CPD you are able to; and, remember, if it’s not on your doorstep we can put you in touch with your regional committee to discuss setting up a centre of excellence locally with like-minded individuals.

The delivery of Continuing Professional Development remains a strong focus for all regions and a number of new and exciting topics have been offered by many regions over the past few months; we have also seen a rise in the call for regional conferences which are now at an all-time high.

If you have yet to attend one of these events I would encourage you to do so; they really do offer excellent value for money and are an excellent way to gain CPD. We continue to roll-out our programme and will be proud to offer every one of the 12 regions within the UK and ROI the opportunity of their own or a joint conference as per the 2018 calendar we are working on below:

buildeng Midlands – Coventry/Leicester – Feb 2018AB Oct 17
buildeng North West/North Wales – Wrexham – Feb/Mar 2018
designeng Eastern – Girton College, Cambridge – Friday 23 February 2018
buildeng Southern – Canterbury area – Wednesday 07 March 2018
buildeng South West – Yeovil – Wednesday 25 April 2018
buildeng Scotland – May 2018
buildeng Northern – May/June 2018
buildeng South Wales – Cardiff area – Sept 2018
buildeng Southern – Southampton/Winchester area – Sept 2018
buildeng Ireland – Venue TBC – Sept 2018
designeng Eastern – Venue TBC – October 2018
buildeng Yorkshire & Humber – Venue TBC – October 2018                     CABE President David Taylor opens buildeng Wales 
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Our most recent event took place at the University of South Wales on 12 September. The inaugural event for this area saw the audience receive a full day of quality CPD and a number of key contacts in the area have been identified along with non-members looking to join the Chartered Association. We look forward to meeting many more of you at our events in Winchester, King’s Lynn, Dublin and Hull which will complete our 2017 programme.

We have now launched our new online payments for regional conferences, and will see further updates to the CABE website in respect of the regional landing pages made over the next couple of months in order to improve the user experience.

Regional election nominations will be called for shortly and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to get involved with your local committee, whether this be as an ordinary member or as a regional officer.

International Chapters                                                              

Development continues with new International Chapters expected to be established very shortly in the USA, Abu Dhabi and China. We continue to work with committees and ambassadors in order to strengthen our presence and representation in these areas whilst growing the number of members.

Academic Partner Scheme and University Accreditation Programme

We will shortly launch our new and improved Academic Partner Scheme alongside the University Accreditation Programme which continues to offer key links with educational establishments and feed the pipeline for the industry and future membership. Our regions will offer a key supporting role within this scheme, offering a local link and sharing knowledge with students.

If you know of any organisations who would benefit from joining the scheme please let us know – we would be only too happy to follow up any leads from our members.

Making the most of opportunities! 

Part of my role is to ensure that we continue to explore as many opportunities to work collaboratively with other professional bodies, organisations and industry. In recent weeks this has seen a number of initiatives come to fruition and I am pleased to say that we will be moving forward with our work alongside both the Association for Project Safety (APS) and the Society for the Environment.

Details of these agreements will include the dual promotion of events, speaker sourcing for events, joint events and sharing of best practice.
AB Oct 17This work follows collaborations with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in respect of our buildeng Yorkshire & Humber event and the recent Tunbridge Wells Tour which attracted an audience of 90 delegates from both bodies. I was fortunate to attend the event which was held on 07 September and can safely say it was one of the most interesting CPD events I have had the privilege to attend.

We have also partnered with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Humber Training Group in support of recent events and continue to look for ways to further promote the Association and work on behalf of our members and the industry as a whole.

Regional Chairman, Basil Parylo with our host for 
the CPD tour, owner and developer, Graham Hall
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Subscription renewals 

As I am writing this column mid-September many of you have shown your ongoing commitment to the Chartered Association by renewing your membership. We have seen the continuing trend of many of you preferring to make your payments online or by direct debit, and thank you for your continuing support of the Chartered Association.

Sarah Sivyer MCMI

Regional Development Director