FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Darker mornings and less sunlight to early evenings is a clear sign of autumn descending upon us and nature is starting to get ready for the winter months ahead. Tree leaves are turning yellow and birds are beginning to migrate whilst flowering ivy and fungi will no doubt fast develop; but our work and office schedules will remain as active and industrious as ever, and as my own personal workloads increase I remain fully focused and committed in continuing my journey of raising our industry profile and representing the CABE.
My diary has been quite hectic throughout September and early October and the positive development of our Association, our member growth and our close reliance between practice and industry is receiving a lot of rewarding recognition. But whilst industry continues to explore the best ways in which we could all support each other, our Association continues to lead collaborations and inspire innovation, and together we are bringing about a cultural change and raising standards which is helping to aid the future shape of our industry. Our member involvements, contributions and partnerships in industry are an inspirational influence in developing professionals and sharing knowledge, and this recognition we should all acknowledge and applaud.
September started with a visit to jhai Building Control, continuing to see how Building Control are developing the roads of training progression and how they are attracting the next generation into building a career within our industry. This followed my visit to London Building Control the previous month, which was very encouraging, and it was pleasing when talking with David Charnock of jhai to learn that their training programme is developing at speed and they have a trainee current in each JHAI office. As one trainee progresses another joins the group, and David added that by training young people on the job this offers them the right career choices and an understanding of how our industry is evolving. It was good to meet some of the team at jhai Building Control and clearly their training opportunities are encouraging which ensures our industry will continue to be in good hands.
My next stop was to CABE HQ for a meeting with Sarah Chilcott of the Planning Portal, discussing the connective opportunities and development advantages for our members in engaging with public members via the planning portal system, and more is to follow on this in the coming months.We then headed to Dundalk in Ireland for the 2nd joint Northern and Southern Ireland buildeng conference. This was a well attended event with over 130 members and various exhibitors, and our CEO Gavin Dunn opened the event with an overview of our Association’s growth and five-year strategic plan.
Ben Bradford and I also provided key presentations, with Ben delivering a captivating presentation to meeting the challenges of the golden thread. I was also pleased to present John Cummins his CABE membership certificate (MCABE) and I wish John all the very best in his career and development opportunities that may arise.
Following the buildeng in Ireland, our national conference at Chesford Grange Warwickshire was my next stop where pathways to excellence and compliance in the built environment was the theme over the two-day period.
Our national conference was an impressive event, so much so it was still being referred to over social media some two weeks on, and the press publications around the event were astonishing, reaching out to all industry and public roads of interest. With over 200 members in attendance our Association clearly put standards, responsibility and compliance under the spotlight and this was echoed across the full complement of our speakers in attendance, which began with a keynote presentation from Dame Judith Hackitt on building a safer future.
The golden thread of design, quality, construction and handover as well as regulatory compliance, and building operations were the key points of the day from all speakers. There is probably insufficient space for me to write about just how good this conference was, but needless to say we all agree that a behavioural and cultural change has to happen to instil public and industry confidence and trust, and we should all be prepared for the change of regulation, enforcement and management of building safety to undergo significant ‘end-to-end’ reform and increased regulatory action. But to make this change we must all influence and shape our current culture, and the whole industry needs to now revisit its core values with a focus on competencies, compliance, enforcement, design, technology, manufacturing processes, procurement and continuing whole-life maintenance and management, and involvement of the end users. ‘It’s fair to say the challenges facing us all will keep us on our toes in the coming years!’
No sooner had I returned from our national conference I was off again to join many industry colleagues at the Yorkshire and Humber buildeng conference in Hull. This was another well attended event and, although it was disappointing that one of our speakers got held up, I was able to offer a stand-in presentation on being safer together, and this certainly triggers member engagement; it’s always interesting to hear our member views, thoughts and opinions.
On that note it’s time for me to put my feet up, grab a beer and chill out so, until next month,
David Taylor BA(Hons) PCABE FCABE MCIAT (Hon)FAPS