Welcome from the new Chair…..
I was thrilled to be elected as Scottish Continuity Group’s new Chair last month at our AGM, held for the first time at the George Hotel in Edinburgh. Thanks to everyone who came along. It was really great to meet both old and new members and discuss our plans for the future. And what a future lies ahead, not least of which is to celebrate our Group’s 25th anniversary next year. Our AGM also saw the arrival of new Board Members Michelle French-Fraser from Standard Life, Justyna Weckowska who is studying at Glasgow Caledonian University and Ray DeSouza from the Scottish Government. Welcome aboard!
I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to previous Board Officers. Our past Chair, Chris Tunnah, past Treasurer Gordon Mackie and past Vice Chair Alan Dawson. A massive thank you to you all. Look at what we have achieved together! Record attendance at both the 2019 conference and 2018/2019 learning events and fantastic feedback from our members and sponsors. Chris stays on the Board as a Board Member. Gordon Mackie and Alan Dawson have both chosen to step down from the Board. Gordon, however, is still keen to be involved in our events and has become an associate Board member on the Events sub-group. Brilliant!
Since the AGM, where we shared our plan to build on the success of the Events sub-group, by creating sub-groups for ‘Membership & Finance’ and ‘Technical’, I am delighted to tell you that those plans were ratified at the last Board Meeting and sub-group leads have been appointed. Thank you to Tommy Lynch, Richard MacLennan and Michelle French-Fraser our new Membership & Finance, Technical and Events Sub-group Leads (and all Board Members) respectively. A new role, Operations Lead, has also been created to help standardise reporting from the sub-groups into the quarterly Board meetings. The Operations Lead role has been incorporated into the Vice Chair’s responsibilities. Thank you Matthew Wardner! The Operations Lead and Sub-Group leads are now working on roles and responsibilities and defining and managing operational activities across the sub-groups. Succession is key to another 25+ years of our group, so defining roles, responsibilities and our operations is a big priority this year.
But why are we all here? Our raison d'être are the Education & Learning events, including the Annual Conference, small learning events and breakfast surgeries. These events are at the core of our group with the next breakfast event in Edinburgh taking place on Tuesday 16th July and the next Glasgow breakfast event on Wednesday 14th August. More details on our events from the Events sub-group soon.
As Chair, I am excited to work with the Board and leadership (Operations Lead and sub-group leads) to develop a plan that will help us build on our achievements and mature our sustainable, growing, and thriving group. Achieving a good balance between our full-time work/study/family commitments and our roles on the Scottish Continuity Group, which is of course a non-profit membership association run by volunteers, is key. Your participation as a member is crucial. Whether it is attending events, providing feedback or getting involved in running events (whether as a Board Member or as an Associate Member on a sub-group). Feedback helps us pitch events at the right level with the right speakers and topics. Who do you want to hear from? What excites you about resilience, continuity and crisis? What are your gaps in knowledge? Let us help you and our collective group get to grips with new and ‘not-so-new’ hot topics. Alternatively, do you have a topic that you could teach others? You can contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, come say hello at the next learning event. We really like hearing from you!
We will be sending regular updates on the Board’s progress and generally letting you know what is coming up in the next quarter. Also, please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest news.
Thank you for taking the time to read this welcome message, we hope to hear from you soon and that we get together at the next learning event.
Very best wishes,