Singapore was the second destination on my and our CEO Gavin Dunn’s tour of Asia and we enjoyed an excellent and productive stay.
We began by catching up with Singapore chapter members at our hotel. It was particularly nice to see Sam Chu and Robin Yau, having met with them both the year earlier. Gavin and I updated them on CABE’s five year strategy and the immediate changes already in progress at HQ, which were met wth great support and enthusiasm from our members.
One of the first tasks for Gavin and myself, however, was to interview Sam Chu and Sarvananthan Rajanayagam for Fellow membership and I am pleased to say both were successful. Both members have a wealth of experience in construction and education, working throughout Asia and worldwide and they will both be great ambassadors for the Association.
Key to our development in Singapore is collaboration, as we continue to work with Teng Kwok Kheing (CIOB Singapore President), Kelly Yan, CEO of Trent Global University, and Jon Loh of Lloyd Fischer Associates to foster growth and provide a fantastic service to our members.
Our future in Asia looks extremely healthy, but there will always be challenges to overcome and by working together, collaborating and sharing together we will get the best results. Essentially it’s important for us all to understand that Building Engineers of all specialisms do not just work with machines, designs, or buildings and to understand it does not only require good understanding of science and mathematics, it also needs to be understood socially. This is certainly a message which members in Singapore, and Asia as a whole, are delivering. We left Singapore with great enthusiasm for our future, and no doubt our chapter will be a huge success.