I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to congratulate our new President, Ant Burd on his new role and to offer thanks to our outgoing President, David Taylor for his two years of dedicated service to the Association in the same post.
During the Presidential Inauguration which took please at the House of Lords on the 10th May I was fortunate enough to spend time with a number of our former Presidents which offered a chance for reflection on just how pivotal this role can be and the strength and depth we have amongst our Presidential alumni.
When considering a role as part of the Presidential Team a lengthy commitment of four years is required, with two years served as a Vice-President, followed by a year in the chair and finally a year as Immediate Past President. In addition, both Vice-President’s sit on the Management Group which is chaired by the Immediate Past President and liaises directly on strategy and decision making with the Chief Executive.
During his tenure as President, David has been influential in a number of key areas for the development of the Association, not least in his aim to further collaborate with other professional bodies and industry representatives as we aim to raise, not only, the profile of CABE but to ensure we are sharing best practice with peers from across the built environment.
With this in mind it is encouraging to see a number of high calibre industry experts confirmed as I have the pleasure of announcing our full speaker programme for our Annual Conference,. We are thrilled to announce that our day one morning keynote address will be delivered by Neil O’Connor Director, MHCLG who has agreed to follow on from the delivery from Dame Judith Hackitt last year as he examines the implementation of the Hackitt Review.
Coupled with the afternoon keynote address which will be offered by Peter Caplehorn CEO Construction Products Association on Professional Practice in a Necessarily Changing World. Combining these seminars to our exemplary speakers throughout both days which include our day two keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Fear sees this year’s event shaping up to be our best yet.