Time flies as it has been four months since I last wrote the Association Briefing. There have been many developments that have occurred this year which have included engagement with members from a number of Regions and Chapters, exhibiting and attending at a number of conferences and experiencing the first set of CABE panel members achieving the Chartered Engineer Registration. My congratulations go to Jegatheeban Balasingam, Paul Hayward and Robin Saunders who are now Chartered Engineers. We are currently progressing with CABE Panel Members who have applied to become Chartered Engineers in conjunction SOE to ensure we have the right number of assessors as we move forwards.
The last four months I have attended a number of conferences including the LABC, Association of Midlands Energy Professionals and ATTMA where I delivered presentations or exhibited. It was encouraging that members who attended these conferences echoed the need for raising the bar in the industry and praised CABE for the work it is doing to promote professionalism.
I also attended a number of exhibitions, including Future Build which is a leading built environment event which focuses on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry. I met CABE Company Partners and members including Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty. This was a fruitful event where I also met with individuals from a range of organisations at the CITB Diversity & Inclusion workshops and discussed strategies to tackle the skills shortage.
I have met with a number of Company Partners where discussions have led, once again, to raising the bar in the construction industry. CABE Company Partners are ensuring they encourage their staff to develop their skills and gain a Chartered Qualification. These Company Partners are both from the public and private sectors. As a result of this the number of professional interviews being booked is increasing and I encourage those who have not booked to do so as soon as possible. I am happy to meet with members who may have a number of colleagues who require information about the journey to becoming Chartered; do contact me directly via e-mail if you would like me to visit you and provide further information on membership.
My visit at Pavehall, the first Company Partner with CABE resulted in a range of discussions around quality within the industry through to professionalism. Michael Duffy, MD is very passionate about CABE and the work his team delivers is of a high standard. I was shown around one of his projects in London which included 43 new homes, a new community centre, a new day nursey and community offices. This is an exciting project and that demonstrates the level our members are working at.
The International Chapters are working well and have delivered a range of activity. I recently attended Malaysia with Dr Gavin Dunn. We attended the local authority conference and met with a range of organisations. A meeting was held with the Minister of Housing and Local Government, YB Puan Hajah Zuride Binti Kamaruddin accompanied by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur YB Dato’ Nor Hisham Bin Ahmad Dahlan and the Chairman of the Building Surveying Division of the Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia Retired Brigadier General Mohd Amin Mohd Din to discuss the future of building control in Malaysia. We also delivered panel training to members and met with the committee to build on the Malaysian Chapter development strategy.
The next stop included attending the inaugural event in Hong Kong with Dr Gavin Dunn and David Taylor. We also attended a large number of meetings with a range of organisations, professional bodies and academic institutions. The opportunity for CABE membership growth is very high in Hong Kong. It was great to meet with our UK Academic Partners UCEM who have opened an office in Hong Kong to support the students locally. Stephen Bartle, Robert Chan and Gabriel Lee were very accommodating and provided support for CABE across the waters. We also delivered panel training and held strategy meetings with the committee members in Hong Kong.
The final stop was in Macau meeting with the Chairman Danny Chan and committee members. We met with a number of organisations to discuss future collaboration, delivered panel training and a strategy meeting to further support the growth in Macau.
Overall, I will say the last four months have seen a range of engagement and growth in membership across the UK Regions and International Chapters. I want to thank the Chairman, committee members, volunteers and members in supporting CABE in its growth.
Business Development Director