CIEH members again packed out 15Hatfields to make the 2014 Annual meeting event vibrant and interactive, with a mixture of keynote presentations, workshops and good old fashioned networking between young and not so young. The audience was briefly ‘warmed up’ by David Newsum, Facilitator, and Chelsi Ames, Student. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Andy Statham gave the official welcome.
Centre stage, as ever, was the Annual Meeting itself, with a detailed discussion about the sale and lease-back of the CIEH Headquarters building, which has generated funds to secure the long term use of the building and the CIEH business, for up to 150 years. Members questioned the exact detail of the deal, the ongoing rental costs, and how the funds were to be invested. Andy Statham, and the Director of Finance, Charles Angus, answered several searching questions, and explained just how essential this move was to ensure stability across the organisation, and provide for future developments.
Before this, Kevin Myers, Acting Chief Executive of the HSE, gave a thoughtful presentation on where health and safety is now after some 40 years of modern legislation, and what the way forward might be. Tony Lewis (CIEH Head of Policy and Education) and David Newsum (Freelance Consultant) then took up the challenge with roving microphones to explore the concept of safety culture with the audience. The contribution of para-regulators (advisors, trainers etc.) was considered, and, judging by the interest, is likely to lead to further work and discussion during the year.
After a busy lunch break in the exhibition areas, participants then had a choice of 10 workshops, which resulted in the only real complaints about the day - members wanted to attend them all!!! Members’ evaluations ranged from good to excellent, and many showed their appreciation for the hard work of all the staff in their warm compliments as they left the building at the end of a busy and fruitful day.
All in all, this was another successful Annual Meeting event, with almost 200 members in the building, and it seems a far cry now from when we barely had enough members to be quorate. Plans are already in place to consider next year’s event – only a year to go!
You can read more about the workshops here.