Newly appointed SCSI Director General PATRICIA BYRON outlines her plans for a strategic review of the Society.
First and foremost I would like to sincerely thank all the members of the Society I have met or who have contacted me over the last couple of months to wish me well. The warmth of the reception I have been afforded by members around the country – and indeed by all the staff in Merrion Square – as well as the advice I have received, have made my first couple of months in the post both enjoyable and instructive.
I am particularly looking forward to meeting as many more members as possible in the coming months and hearing your views on how best we can improve your Society. The feedback we receive from members will be a hugely important part of the strategic review we will be undertaking in the coming months. This review will focus on the organisation’s capabilities and our ability to meet the demands of a diverse and active membership. Some of the issues already identified include the varying needs of urban and rural members, the demands of the new regulatory environment on members and the need to continue to invest in building our brand profile.
Over the last couple of months the Society and its various committees have been heavily involved in a wide range of meetings and briefings. These include the Society’s Annual General Meeting, the publication of the Annual Report, the Regional and Professional Group annual meetings, and important ongoing engagement with the RICS through the RICS Ireland Boards and UK & Ireland World Regional Board.
Society representatives also met with the Department of Finance in relation to the forthcoming Mortgage Credit Directive, held a round table lunch with Martin Fraser, Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach, and also made submissions on the review of the Building Control Amendment Regulations and the review of the Local Property Tax.
Feedback on our recent TV advertising campaign has been very positive and the campaign has clearly supported an increased awareness of the SCSI brand around the country. On the membership front the Society has successfully integrated members of the former IPFMA, and we hope to welcome members of the Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS) shortly. The Annual Conference takes place on October 15 at the Ballsbridge Hotel and I hope to see many of you there.
I would like to thank Pauline Daly for driving the Society forward during her term as President and to congratulate her successor, Andrew Nugent, on his election to office. I wish Andrew, and indeed all the Chairs of the professional and regional groups, the very best for the year ahead.
This is an exciting time for our profession and we are looking forward – with your help – to mapping out the next phase of the SCSI’s evolution as the country’s leading independent professional body for construction, land and property professionals.