The SCSI and its members have a vital role to play in helping Ireland to achieve sustainable growth.

As I start my term as President I want to firstly express my sincere thanks to our outgoing President, Claire Solon. Claire has shown great leadership in the last year and has contributed significantly to our vibrant Society through her vision and drive.
As a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor, and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Survey Officer of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), I come from a long and proud tradition of public servants whose role has been to survey the land to enable much of the development that has taken place over the last 190 years. During my term as President I hope to show the important role that geospatial information can play in all areas of surveying for the benefit of members, clients and society.
As a Chartered Surveyor coming from one of the smaller Professional Groups in this great Society, I am convinced that what we have in common as a community of surveyors provides strong opportunities for collaboration and growth for our profession. I am anxious that we continue to be seen as a successful organisation serving its members, and that the SCSI remains an aligned, member-centric and vibrant organisation driving diversity, innovation and change.

Strategy

I intend as President to continue the strategy set in motion by my predecessors. In doing so, I believe that we need to focus on three key areas. Firstly, it is our role as managers of the landscape lifecycle to ensure that we have clarity about how our different disciplines within the Society work together to effectively manage our built environment. I have spoken to the Director General about how we might bring together a group to research and codify the differing elements of our profession and outline graphically where and how we support each other and overlap in our work as a means of enhancing the understanding and profile of our profession.
Secondly, membership engagement and connecting with the organisation nationally and regionally to ensure we balance the needs of the different disciplines within the SCSI must be a priority. We must ensure that we are advocating on behalf of the broad SCSI family as a strong professional body, addressing the issues of Dublin, where there is clearly strong growth and opportunity, and the regions, where that growth is not as obvious or being felt evenly on the ground.
Thirdly, I believe in ensuring that as a profession we actively pursue an agenda of technological and innovative work practices critical to building a sustainable profession and successful careers for our
members now and in the future. As a Society we cannot bury our heads in the sand in the areas of technological developments and innovation. To remain relevant we must be adopters of technology, which can free us up to provide additional and enhanced support to our stakeholders and clients.
As the first ever President of our Society to come from the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group, I am very pleased to represent the broader profession of Chartered Surveyors. I am committed to our strategic objectives and believe that we must focus on how our different disciplines within the Society work together to effectively manage our built environment. We must as a Society play our role in reinvigorating and supporting Ireland in achieving a balanced, sustainable and rewarding environment of growth and development.

Colin Bray
President
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland