A note from the Regional Councillor – August 2018

Dear Yorkshire Region

I hope you are all keeping well and are managing to enjoy the wonderful summer months and the sunshine we have been lucky to receive this year! I have some exciting news to share with you all and I also have a very important task for you to complete so please read to the very end…

So you may have guessed by the issuing of this newsletter that I am the new voice for the Yorkshire Region and from September, I will commence my first official term at the Yorkshire Regional Councillor. Hopefully some of you will be familiar with who I am already but if not here’s a little overview.

I’ve been part of the Yorkshire Regional Committee for the last five years. I joined in October 2013 and since then have taken on many roles and responsibilities for the Region representing us both Regionally and nationally. I can often be found at schools careers fayres, on judging panels for colleges and universities, at CPDs, conferences, introducing our new students to CIAT and to be honest everything in-between! I’m a very passionate and active Chartered Architectural Technologist with a key focus and interest in education which has filtered through my various roles as both the Region’s Education Officer and aspirATion Chair over the last few years.

So that’s a little about me. I hope we’ll get to know each other a little better over the next few years as I commence my new role, but if you have any burning questions or even a new idea you’d like to explore, please do feel free to get in touch so we can explore your ideas further.

So back to you, I have a very important mission for you to complete! If you’re a keen member of the Institute and keep up with all the latest news you will know its voting season! Please see the roles up for election and the listed nominees below for your reference. Do take time to carefully read their manifestos as you will be voting them in to represent you and your voice in their upcoming roles so it’s important that you take the time to consider them carefully.

So before I hand you over to the important stuff I would like to say a little about one of the nominees listed below… Not being biased because I have had the privilege of working with him over the past five years but because he is one of our Regional members and like all of our members I like to create a little song and dance about them when they’re doing something great!

Mark Wilson MCIAT, our former Regional Chair and most recently our Regional Councillor, I have no doubt most of you know who he is, he’s been the voice for our Region and been instrumental about bringing in and driving forward change Regionally and nationally. I’ve compiled a list of a few of the things that Mark has given us as a Region over the past seven years which include; The Professional Development Day (an incredible and overwhelming day of high quality CPD that has now become an annual event on the Yorkshire Region’s calendar), The Region and Centre Summit (an opportunity for all Regions and Centres to get together and share their ideas and their voice), he’s changed the complete face of our Committee, he brought around the development of the Regional website which has been replicated and shared across the Regions, he occasionally delivers us CPD but can be often found delivering talks on Ask the Expert panels at various roadshows. He gives his time freely and generously to help support the work of others whether they be a child looking to find out more about construction, a student tackling a design detail, an Associate member looking to become Chartered or a university looking for support or an experts opinion. He’s been an influential and well respected member at Council, a voice many have said they are going to miss. Mark is an all-round genuinely great guy who is immensely passionate about his job. He is one of the most committed, dedicated, focussed and truly passionate AT’s I’ve ever met. Please show your support by sharing his manifesto, offering a word of encouragement just as I know he would do for us and has done in abundance over the years.

So Mark, from the Region and as its new voice, I wanted to wish you the very best of luck. As a Committee, we support you wholeheartedly and wish you every success in your quest to become Vice-President Technical. We also wish the remaining nominees the very best of luck. I’m lucky enough to have met them all so know how lucky we are as an Institute to have them representing us. So please give a little bit of your time to share and offer your support. Cast your vote wisely and let us know by sending your final vote to:

Nominations for the following Honorary Officer positions are:

President Elect:
Kevin Crawford MCIAT
Paul Laycock MCIAT
Eddie Weir MCIAT

Honorary Treasurer:
Doug Fewkes MCIAT

Vice-President Technical:
Steven Hedley MCIAT
Mark Wilson MCIAT

Please follow the link to read their manifestos: https://ciat.org.uk/about-us/elections.html

All votes to be cast by Wednesday 5 September 2018. Votes will be cast at the Council meeting on Saturday 8 September 2018.

We look forward to receiving your votes soon at yorkshire@ciat-aspiration.org.uk

Your Regional Councillor
Natasha Vermeulen MCIAT