I write in regard to the regular annual CIAT/CIOB Building Regulations Update presentation last night that was cancelled at very short notice. Please accept our apologies to all those who made the trip to attend and were unfortunately disappointed.
As most of you will be aware, this event has been a regular feature on our calendar and one that has been eagerly anticipated for many years. Martin Conlon, our highly appreciated speaker, retired earlier in 2016 and, although he had agreed in principle to continue the presentations this year, it was not satisfactorily confirmed. We, as the organisers, assumed that all was arranged with him so the venue was booked, the notices made on websites and notifications made to members. Unfortunately communications with Martin were unfortunately not followed up and assumptions made that he was aware and prepared. This was obviously not the case and therefore Martin was in blissful ignorance and suddenly got a call out of the blue asking where he was!
This was not good and not of Martin’s doing at all. He would, of course, have loved to come out to see us all but the preparation for this particular event missed a vital link in not actually communicating with the speaker directly, to make sure that all was correct and in order. I am mortified that Martin has been put into this situation, not of his doing at all, and have personally apologised to him in the hope that my apology can be accepted, but it has happened and we all know that we have to accept it and move on.
We are continuing with our CPD calendar with our next date being 21 February, 18:30 for 19:00 at the same venue (Holiday Inn, Wakefield) looking at Professional indemnity insurance, to be delivered by McParland Finn, CIAT PI specialists based in Manchester.
We will obviously be double checking the arrangements for this event!
Jonathan Legge MCIAT