Professional collaboration and support has always been vital for surveyors, and is key in addressing the challenges to come.

Surveyors must continue to work together to promote the profession and rejuvenate our rural communities.

The autumn has been busy as reported by many construction and property members during my travels around the country, including a trip to Belfast to meet some of our RICS colleagues, where the impact of Brexit was the main topic of discussion. I have also had the pleasure of meeting members at the
National Conference in Kilkenny and our other networking events.
As President, Board member, and member and Chair of Education in the SCSI for many years, I have gained a great appreciation for the connected benefits of membership of an organisation that is home to a range of professional disciplines. The importance of connectivity has grown over the years. We face challenging times politically and professionally, and we can’t deny that these challenges take their toll not only on our personal lives, but also on the everyday culture of our organisations. Together we face multiple challenges, be it the urban/rural balance, leadership and purpose in family businesses, or perhaps most common: the challenges of building resilience in our organisations in light of Brexit. As the saying goes, united we stand, divided we fall. In order to overcome the challenges ahead, we must ensure that we have the best teams working with a unified sense of purpose.
you might hear a lot about workplace culture in your own interaction with employers and businesses. It has cropped up many times at our events, be it the PMFM Conference in October, or the National Conference in November. The equation is simple: positive, people-focused workplaces attract the best talent, promote engagement, maintain happiness, and lead to better and more sustainable businesses. It is even more important in our profession, where you have multiple stakeholders and mindsets working together to achieve a complex common goal.

Focus on the regions

A fantastic example of this has been our project entitled ‘Rejuvenation of Our Small Town Centres’. The success of this project was dependent on collaboration between surveyors from every discipline, across every region, on an issue that is impacting our regional communities. But it won’t just end there. We cannot put too much value or emphasis on the importance of our regional communities and their importance to the health of Ireland as a whole. We look forward to further engagement with stakeholders in the new year to ensure that our recommendations are heard.
As we look ahead to the new year, we look forward to strengthening the bonds of connection across our membership, which starts with welcoming you all to our Annual Dinner in Dublin, on January 31. The tone will be set for a year of continued connectivity and collaboration between members for the year ahead. I would like to thank you all for your support and contribution throughout the year and wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

Des O’Broin