CHAIRMAN'S FOREWORD: 2014/2015
It is with great pleasure that I write this Foreword as the 29th
Chairman of the NI branch of CIWEM, following in the footsteps of
some very well known and respected members of the water and
environmental industry. Since the first Chairman of the NI Branch,
Mr G. A. Cooper in 1987/88, CIWEM has consistently set a high
standard of facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practice and
experience among a growing body of professionals with a passion for
protecting the environment of Northern Ireland and helping our
people enjoy this resource. I hope that in the coming year, this
trend continues to go from strength to strength.
Of course, CIWEM could not operate without the generous
financial contributions from our Sponsors, the logos of whom can be
seen in this booklet and on behalf of the NI Branch I thank them
all for their support.
While our Institution is prospering, the community of which we
are all part is weathering a stormy period. Tough financial
constraints on all aspects of our individual organisations and the
pressing need to advance economic development means that the
environment of Northern Ireland will face some very challenging
conditions for the foreseeable future.
The theme for this coming year is 'The Environment: Escaping the
confines of austerity'. Over the course of the year, I hope to
explore how our members are fulfilling their responsibilities with
dwindling resources. Have we managed to use new technology? Have we
addressed old problems with new methods? Perhaps we are constrained
and some areas are falling by the wayside? That in itself would be
an interesting discussion. One thing I do know already is that the
members of CIWEM will not be found wanting in their dedication to
doing all in their powers to protect the environment.
Our coming programme for 2015 / 16 has been designed to explore
some of these issues in as wide a context as possible. The first
event will be our Annual Morning Conference, the topic of which is
'Difficult situations inspiring ingenious solutions'. At this event
we will have an experienced line up of speakers who will talk about
examples of where they have used new technologies or new ways of
thinking to address old problems.
Five Technical Meetings will take place between October and
April and will cover in depth a range of topics addressing various
aspects of the environmental and water industry in Northern
Ireland. Of course, the cross cutting nature of our industry means
that there are frequent and close overlap with issues of interest
to our fellow professionals and we will hold joint meetings with
our colleagues in The Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineers
Ireland and the Institute of Water.
Some light relief will be provided by our annual Golf
Competitions and Table Quiz - which also allow us to raise some
serious and much needed money to support our designated charity
'Water Aid'. On behalf of CIWEM, I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Alan Skates, David Hilary and Trevor Haslett
for their continued support through the organisation of the Golf
Members wishing to progress to chartered status with CIWEM will
be able to avail of our 'Masterclass' event in November where
experienced CIWEM mentors will be available for advice on the path
to becoming chartered. I would encourage all those interested in
gaining chartered status to take up this great opportunity.
New and Young Members are also encouraged strongly to enter our
annual Papers Competition to take place in March. While there is a
great monetary prize on offer, past participants frequently note
the experience that this competition provides has stood them in
good stead for their careers ahead.
The end of the CIWEM year will conclude, as always, with our
Annual Dinner and Annual General Meeting - both of these events
will take place in May 2016.
Finally, I send my warmest best wishes to all existing CIWEM
members and those thinking of joining our Institution. I hope to
meet as many of you as possible over the coming year.
CIWEM NI Branch Chair for 2015 /