Society President, Claire Solon, reflects on the importance of contributing to the Society, key appointments, and the need to be able to adapt to change.

Change affects us all. We need to be aware of trends and ensure, as far as is reasonably possible, that our businesses are ready for the future. That can mean changing our working environment and finding new ways of doing business, including using online collaboration, automation, and social media. In the midst of all this change – which was highlighted so effectively at our recent Conference in Croke Park – we face changing regulations and business practices. So it is important to be up to date and understand market movements in the particular business areas in which we operate and are renowned for our expertise.

Key appointments
Speaking of regulation, it is a pleasure to congratulate Gwen Wilson on her appointment as Head of Regulation for the Society. Ongoing audits will be a feature in the industry from now on, and our team in Merrion Square is ready to assist members to deal with the requirements of these audits.
It is also appropriate to congratulate Áine Myler on her promotion to the post of Director General. Áine’s experience in the industry, including her term as President of one of our founding bodies, the IAVI, ensures that she understands the needs of our members in their daily activities.

Networking
In Ireland, we are acutely aware of the importance of recommendations and referrals in business. Membership of the Society can be very useful and effective – if it is used properly. The SCSI considers networking to be an essential part of our remit and invites all members to monthly events in Merrion Square. Notification to members is via our regular ezines.
Of course, the recent Annual Conference was another opportunity for networking. This year it was a half-day event. However, with business improving, we have listened to feedback from members and for 2017, rather than repeat that formula, we are planning to hold it over two days, with an informal meal and entertainment at Carton House. This will ensure that it is easier to access for members outside Dublin, but also easy to get to from Dublin. Please note the date of Friday, March 31, with optional activities on the Saturday.
Perhaps the biggest single event of the year for networking is the Society’s Annual Dinner. It takes place on Thursday, February 2, 2017, and Ardal O’Hanlon will be the guest speaker. It is a glittering occasion and while preference is always given to members, you should remember that places are limited. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Get involved
I wish to encourage all members, if not already doing so, to get involved in the Society through working groups, professional groups, the upcoming mentoring programme, continuing professional development delivery, articles for the Surveyors Journal, school visits, college visits, or education programmes. There are so many different ways to contribute to your professional Society. We rely on your input as members to be the best Society and the best profession that is possible.
I wish you a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland new President Claire Solan.  Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2016

Claire Solon

President

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland