News from the Chair … August 2017

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Well, summer is over for another year and the proverbial is about to hit the fan until Christmas.  Hope you enjoy the ride!

I can’t believe it has been a year since my last missive. Apologies, it was not intended but it goes that way sometimes. My 2 year tenure in the Chair is over and Gihan Badi is taking over for the next couple of years. For those who don’t know her, she is an Architect and Architectural Technologist who has her own practice, lectures on the AT course at Leeds Beckett’s University and sits on Assessment Panels and other things at Head Office. She has been a member of CIAT since she was a student and a Committee member for the last 4 years. She has been an active member of CIAT Yorkshire, organising CPD sessions and instrumental in our Professional Development Day preparations. My role for the next year will be Vice Chair.

I know that many of our membership managed to visit our Professional Development Day on 8th June last (watch the recordings). I hope that those who did attend enjoyed the day – there were certainly plenty of attendees in most of the presentations right to the end of the day, so we were pleased BUT there were a lot of people who registered but then didn’t turn up, which is a shame – we have all done it but, this day is done for YOU so, to those who missed, please make the effort next time – you are really missing something very worthwhile and those who haven’t tried us yet, please do. Speaking of which, the date for next year is proposed to be about the same time, in the same location but we have also been approached with a suggestion to either relocate to or to present a similar event at Sheffield Hallam University, which we think might be an excellent suggestion. If you have any views on this idea, please email or tweet to let us know.

This leads me onto our next Group Meeting which is to be held on Mon 18th Sept 2017 in the Owen Building at Sheffield Hallam, Room 44, 7th floor, 6.30pm. Sandwiches provided. Along with our usual Yorkshire Region agenda, we are meeting with some committee members from East Midlands as well as SHU AT Course lecturers to progress links and events in South Yorkshire. If there are any CIAT members that might have an interest in joining our committee, please come along and meet up. We hold our meetings every 2 months so it is not a huge commitment and WE NEED YOU! We have 3no vacancies in our number and we need your fresh new ideas. Please come along and share your views.

As you will probably know, the CIAT Annual General Meeting is to be held in Newcastle upon Tyne in November this year. Any member can attend so, if you are interested, go to the main CIAT website to book your place.

In our Yorkshire Region, we are having a shake-up of the CPD events list. With the retirement of Rob Langley and Martin Conlon, we have lost a couple of stalwarts who have informed and entertained us for some time, along with the changes in our Committee and the fact that the attendees at the monthly presentations have dwindled in recent times, especially CIAT members (we seem to have more CIOB attendances nowadays), which suggests that people are fulfilling their CPD commitment elsewhere OR we are not providing presentation subjects or speakers that spark sufficient interest to attend. The answer is probably a variety of reasons but times are “a changing” and we are going to review the CPD offering for the next year so, what are your thoughts? – Do you members want a regular offering of CPD presentations or is this not something you are interested in? Going on from that, what DO you want from your Yorkshire Region? We really do need some feedback so can you please just email us with a response, ideally in time for the meeting on the 18th. Thanks.

Hoping to hear from you.

All the Best,


Jonathan Legge