Over 200 members filled the 15Hatfields venue for the Annual Meeting Event this year. With members from all sectors and grades due to attend, we put on a broad mix of 12 plenary sessions and discussion workshops, so that everyone got something useful from the day, as well as viewing an exhibition, networking, lunch and refreshments.
Early analysis of the on-line survey, which was completed by 99 members, showed the event to be very successful:
92% of members attending rated the sessions as “good or very good or excellent”, with 46% rating the sessions “very good or excellent”
Over half of the respondents took time to give more detailed constructive comments, and we are working through all of these to help us develop the format again next year.
After a brief welcome from CIEH President Janet Russell, there was an extremely well received and entertaining opening session by Caroline D’ay, of Hotfrog Indicator, on the subject of workforce and personal resilience. She touched on areas such as having a positive attitude, and dealing with change and conflict. She also managed to get the entire audience to stand up, participate and even dance! But her messages were inspirational and realistic, and in response to the pre-event online survey which many members had completed, she said “congratulations – you’re a pretty resilient bunch!”
Next, Tony Lewis, CIEH Head of Policy and Education, took the theme of “Professional outreach”. Tony introduced his desire to establish a new way of working better with members. The CIEH was no different than any other organisation in the current economic climate, with pressure on resources in the key areas of policy and education. His team could not continue to lead on all areas of policy and education without the expertise and input of the membership. In fact Tony asserted that the real practical expertise was always going to be within the membership, rather than be the sole province of the team at HQ. Over the coming months, Tony continued, members would see more opportunities to get involved and contribute to consultations, developments, and policy formulation. This would be through various initiatives, the existing membership network already highly active, and the Assembly of Representatives and Trustee governance structures.
The formal annual meeting then took place, chaired by Andy Statham, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The formal annual meeting consisted mainly of procedural matters, and there were no formal motions submitted in advance.
Items raised for discussion by members during the meeting included:
- In response to a request from the floor, the Chair of Trustees indicated that a summary of the days event and the annual meeting, (not minutes) would be placed on the website in the next two weeks. (this webpage fulfils that commitment)
- An issue relating to the importance of housing within the current climate and the impact of welfare reforms on housing conditions and vulnerable people. The meeting acknowledged that this was the subject of a workshop in the afternoon sessions and could be discussed in more detail and feedback given to the CIEH.
- A question was also raised regarding the review of the CIEH governance structure and skills audit of Trustees. Graham Jukes was able to confirm that this is underway and a report will be taken to the next Board of Trustees in July.
Following the Annual Meeting, there was a presentation from Quincy Lissaur, consultant, previewing the new branding of CIEH Advisory Services, which had already been reported in EHN. The full service is expected to ‘go live’ in the autumn of 2013. It was stressed that the CIEH had been undertaking such advisory services for many years, with Government and other organisations, and internationally. While there was some concern about the way in which the ‘new’ service had been developed, and the potential conflict of interest where such a service might be competing with members or impacting upon them, there was also recognition that it presented opportunities for members, and the profession, to expand their reach and influence.
After lunch there were 8 workshop discussion groups here is the link to the workshop summaries.
Janet Russell, CIEH President started off the day with a speech about the importance of keeping environmental health high on the agenda at the CIEH 2013 annual meeting event.
Caroline D'Ay presents a motivating presentation for the day giving tips on resilience, positive thinking and some insights in to dealing with confrontation at the CIEH 2013 annual meeting event
Tony Lewis, Head of Policy and Education at the CIEH asks members for input on the future direction of the profession at the CIEH 2013 annual meeting event.