Vice-President's Page March 2018


Once again it is my turn to share with you my insights from a Vice-Presidential perspective but, given next Month I will become CABE Chief Executive, I thought I would share some reflections on the key issues facing CABE at this time. In January I shared with you an outline of ideas being considered for CABE’s next five-year business plan and introduced my key focus development themes of governance and standards, profile and influence, and operational excellence.

Since then I have finished my last role at the BRE, have been spending some well-earned downtime with my family, but I have also found some time to start my immersion into the CABE role in support of the senior team at headquarters. This has included supporting the recruitment process of the Association’s new Technical Director, as well as spending time meeting members and headquarters staff to explore and test the ideas behind the five-year business plan and gain a deeper understanding of the key issues facing the Association at this time so I can hit the ground running in April.
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Most importantly, I have the opportunity to meet quite a significant number of members by attending a number of the recent regional AGMs, taking the opportunity to introduce myself and my plans for the Association, listen and gain a deeper understanding of the range of members’ views on the key issues facing the Association, not least the upcoming decision on Engineering Council Membership.

John Hooper and Gavin Dunn addressing 
the Southern Ireland AGM

In regards to the decision as to whether or not CABE becomes a fullVPP Mar 18 member of the Engineering Council, I believe this is one of the biggest decisions the Association has faced in many years and will define the nature of its future direction and requires a change to our Royal Charter. This is why the decision will go to a full chartered member online vote to decide. You will all receive e-mail instructions about how to cast your vote. But also to ensure that all members have the opportunity to be fully informed as to the detail of the Engineering Council proposals, informational events have been organised in all regions over the past couple of months and materials will be made available on the Association’s website during this month.

However, as incoming CEO it will fall to me to lead the implementation and I am                              Gavin Dunn addressing 
confident that we can successfully continue to grow the Association and implement the                   the Eastern region AGM
wishes of membership irrespective of whether the vote is for or against this change, but
CABE becoming a full member of the Engineering Council does have a number of significant positive and negative implications which members should consider prior to casting their vote. 

In my view the benefits of joining the Engineering Council for CABE and its members, are greater recognition by having the Association being on equal terms as the top tier of UK engineering bodies and the ability to grant suitably qualified members Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The CEng status will assist the Association and individual members gaining recognition, which will also allow them to practise abroad and raise the profile of the Association internationally as it is formally recognised within the Washington and Sydney Accords. However, there are some compromises; notably that, because the Engineering Council does not grant any grandfather rights, existing CABE members will have to apply and be successfully interviewed by CABE to gain CEng status. We will also lose the Chartered Building Engineer (C.Build E) qualification after ten years, with it being replaced with the title ‘Chartered Building Professional’ (C.Build P) for those members who have not achieved or have decided not to seek the CEng.
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As I said earlier, I am confident that we can successfully implement and continue to grow the Association whichever way the members decide on full membership of the Engineering Council but, given the importance of this decision, the fact that it will shape the nature of the Association for years to come and that if we make the change there is no going back, I would encourage all members to vote so that your views are fully counted on this important issue and so that the eventual outcome is fully representative of the wishes of the membership.

As always, I continue to believe that CABE and its members with their mix of technical, standards and practical expertise are well placed to help the industry deliver the emerging challenges and I look forward to working with you all to ensure that CABE is prepared to deliver the support necessary to ensure even greater success, influence and standards moving forward.

Kind Regards                                                                                                                                       David Taylor congratulating
                                                                                                                                                            Joel Howson, the new Northern
Gavin Dunn BSc MSc PhD FCABE C.Build E                                                                                 Ireland regional chairman