In his first President’s message ANDREW NUGENT sets out his priorities for the year ahead.

Patricia Byron Director General

I am delighted to welcome you to the summer edition of the Surveyors Journal in my new role as President of the Society. Being elected President is without a doubt the highlight of my career as a Chartered Surveyor. I am truly honoured, and for that I would like to thank you all.
I would also like to thank Pauline Daly for her very significant commitment and attention to the office of President over the last 12 months. She has been a devoted ambassador for the Society, who has worked tirelessly for the membership throughout the year. I want to congratulate her on what has been a very successful year for the Society under her leadership.
We are lucky that the Society commands a high level of volunteerism and loyalty from members. I want to build on this, and I think we are now at a juncture in the history of the Society where we need to take stock, plan and organise for the future, particularly as the land, property and construction sectors are hopefully on the rise again.

Priorities
1.    Developing a new strategy and vision for our organisation for the next phase of the cycle is a major priority. I will work closely with the membership, Board, Council, our new Director General Patricia Byron and her executive team to progress the strategy, which will take into account members’ views and feedback from around the country.
2.    We must continue to attract students into the profession to meet industry capacity requirements and also provide new skills and training for members on valuations, BIM, M&E and the like. We must also progress Valuer Registration. We must also look at different membership routes to attract mature students into the profession.
3.    We must continue to build on increasing the profile of Chartered Surveyors in the public domain and further engage with Government and other stakeholders through evidence-based research and policy. We must continue to work with the Government and other stakeholders on the critical housing supply problem facing us, and work towards a more sustainable sector.
4.    Last but not least, we must review how we can support members through the provision of specialist resources by looking at providing technical and practice advice services, upskilling, mentoring, marketing, and facilitating more business-to-business networking at a regional level.

There are still many challenges facing us. While the economic climate has improved and the horizon appears brighter, the benefits are not being felt across our membership. Indeed, our rural members are still not seeing the uplift and this in many ways mirrors a potential macro-economic problem that the uplift is being confined to urban areas. This is a critical issue for us as a Society, industry and country.
I hope that in achieving these objectives I will have contributed in some small way to helping all members of the SCSI to best take advantage of the improving economic conditions, and I look forward to working with Patricia and her team in Merrion Square, and the many active and committed members throughout the Society, over the coming year.