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Concrete In Australia : September 2008
FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Decisions are paying dividends The Institute’s staffi ng level has risen to 10, a mixture of full-time, part-time and contract arrangements. The most recent appointments include Colleen Tuxworth in the Institute’s Queensland Branch offi ce in Brisbane and Colin McKay in Adelaide, who is coming on board to assist with the continued development of activities by the South Australia Branch. A programmed approach to a gradual expansion of staffi ng resources is based on decisions made by Council and Branches over recent years. The careful implementation of the staff expansion program is delivering increased benefits to members, with improved response times to requests for member services and an overall increase in the level of Institute activities. Progressively, the Institute’s involvement with the standards development process through Standards Australia is improving. Ben Cosson, the Institute’s project manager responsible for technical issues, has been working with the Institute’s primary nominated representatives to standards committees to increase member participation through the implementation of reference groups. These groups support the role undertaken by the nominated representative and allow a greater number of members to be directly involved in the standards development process. A number of reference groups have been recently established and fi nal action is now underway to resolve those outstanding. Recent publication activity has been at an all time high. Through the better co-ordination and management of members’ contributions to the development of Current Practice and Recommended Practice publications, the Institute has been able to publish six fully-revised and substantial publications in the past six months or so. There Increasingly the industry is looking to the Institute to show leadership on technical, standards and research matters. are more titles in advanced stages of review and these will be released to members shortly. The development of technical policy is now moving forward at a pace with the completion of the Membership and Technical Survey. Again, through relying on the Institute’s increased staff resources, the organisation has been able to maximise the contribution members are able to make by allowing them to concentrate on technical rather than management issues. Recent meetings with a range of other organisations demonstrated that increasingly the industry is looking to the Institute to show leadership on technical, standards and research matters. Advanced educational offerings are also on the increase with a number of major development projects now nearing completion. The availability of these programs will enhance the ability of members to update and refresh their knowledge through higher level workshops and similar activities. The increased range of benefits fl owing to members arises from decisions made by Council in a considered and measured fashion. The availability of more staff resources will allow members to continue to focus on refi ning policy, enhancing the Institute’s strategic direction and maximising their contribution to the development of technical resources for the benefi t of the wider membership. In short, careful decisions are paying strong dividends. Ian Booth Chief Executive Officer Concrete Institute of Australia firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 3