Vice President's Page February 2017


David Taylor

I trust you all had a good festive period and I wish you all the very best for 2017. This now seems like a distant memory as time seems to be passing us by at a frightening pace. 

Reflecting on the latter part of 2016, it was a busy period which was primarily working with others and raising the Association’s profile.

At the end of November Michael Wadood visited my office to provide an end of year presentation on BS 9991, and over 25 various professionals attended. Throughout the year, Michael has been proactive in my VP objective of members becoming more actively involved to showcase their knowledge and/or experiences and creating a framework for our members to share their goals integrally. This arrangement is now proving successful with many regional members coming forward to provide a case study or their specialist expertise, and I hope this is something other regions will adopt and follow.

VP Feb 17In early December I had the pleasure of joining London Building Control to present Adam L’Aimable with his Chartered Membership certificates.

Adam was successful in his interview at Head Office, and has since gone on to become the CABE Representative for the 2050 group which comprises young professionals whose key focus is to drive forward sustainable initiatives for the future of the built environment.

Travelling over from London Building Control my next stop was MLM. Another membership presentation to Catherine Ho, VP Feb 17who also obtained Chartered Membership via a successful interview.

During my visit to MLM I was able to offer a brief talk on CABE, reflecting on what has occurred in the past 12 months and what goals are in place for the year ahead, including some of my thoughts and objectives for when I take up the reins in May. 

Michael Wadood and Robert Mawson provided brief introductions during my visit and, following my update on CABE, we had a very good 15 minute Q&A Session.

It was interesting talking with Robert, as during the session we both quickly realised that we were from theVP Feb 17 same areas in Nottingham ‘within close proximity of each other’ and both trained and worked for the NCB, at the same time. It’s very strange how the roads of life can work!! 

It was interesting talking with Catherine, who has been working within construction for the past ten years. Her personnel goal was to become Chartered within IOSH, but she chose CABE as the ethos of CABE aligns very well with CDM regulations and the design, construction and future maintenance of building structures. She then went on also to study the two-week building control course organised through CABE to strengthen her overall knowledge.

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Adam and Catherine, and clearly both London Building Control and MLM are just twoVP Feb 17 examples of the many companies now focused on encouraging and supporting staff members to travel the route in obtaining CABE Membership. 

Mid December, I and regional colleagues, Peter Gidney, Stuart Samuels and Richard Payne, attended West Norfolk College where I gave a presentation on the Party Wall etc Act to students and lecturers. Peter, Richard and Stuart then gave individual talks on industry and the key benefits of CABE Membership. 

During the visit, I was able to present Student membership toVP Feb 17 Chloe Hewitt, who is looking to train and progress a career in Architectural Technology. West Norfolk College has now  become affiliated with the CABE, and I hope this is the first of many to follow in reinforcing our membership links with others, which I look forward to connecting with over the year ahead. 

Another day and back to London where I had a meeting with Nick James of the CITB. I had arranged this meeting during a project site visit to discuss the network and training possibilities available for our organisations to connect with. The meeting was a fruitful one in which Nick was pleased to discuss our member connections and had commented that collaborating with external associations like the CABE was now a paramount action they were undertaking, and the CABE connection ‘or our pre-discussion’ was the first that they had entered into. This I have now put in the direction of Tony Ginda, our membership development director, and I sincerely hope the connection begins to grow.

Later that day I joined up with Niall Healy, the CIAT regional chair for central London, and I’m pleased that Michael Wadood could join us. In introducing Michael to Niall a connection has now developed where the CABE Southern region and CIAT London regions are now co-badging CPD events, and already there are a number of events already booked for 2017.

Connections and co-badging events are looking good for 2017 and I hope more continue.  

As I finish writing up this report, I am gathering my thoughts for a trip the next day to the Southern region AGM in Hillingdon; this then starts another busy period as other visits include to the Northern region AGM, Yorkshire and Humber AGM and the Eastern region AGM, but looking forward to meeting many members on the travels. 

I hope everybody is extremely busy and I look forward to writing again in two months. 

David Taylor