I have now completed my 2 years (and a month !) as Stone Federation President. I have been very lucky to serve my industry in such a position and am very proud to have done so. The last two years have been tough for all concerned in the construction industry and the UK has fared better than most so if you are reading this in Southern Europe you have my sympathy.
The Stone Federation has supported our members in many ways over the last 2 years. We now have support from the UK Contractors Group; have moved CE Marking way up on the agenda; Managed to get our heads around the new Part -L Building regulations; imparted knowlege where it didn’t exist to many architectural firms in the form of CPD’s; moved Sustainability to the forefront of many members thinking and supported members in Health & Safety and the legalities of our country where appropriate.
We have also had a 15% increase in membership over the last 2 years and Stonetrain have started many new courses especially the ‘Stone Industry Professional Practice’ which does exactly what it says.
Much done and more still to do. Graeme Hadden from Land Engineering has taken over as President and I am sure will make great strides.
However, as with all organisations, the real work is done by those behind the scenes and not by the ones in the limelight. Our CEO and her team work tirelessly and selflessly to achieve all that the members and the executive ask for and they should be held in high esteem for doing so on a tight budget…who doesnt have one of those. Thank you Jane and your team.
The Stone awards that followed the AGM last week were also nothing short of fantastic. Very professional and a superb headline speaker in Lord Digby Jones. However the limelight was stolen, and quite rightly by members of Bomber Command who flew on our behalf in WWII. A standing ovation and an honour to meet such brave airmen.
It was good to see a plethora of absolute top quality stone projects on display and winning awards. It does make you proud of our industry and the place it has cemented (pardon the pun) in our nations heritage
Although my time as President is over and I now have the grand title of ‘Immediate Past President’…and thank you for the cufflinks…I will be around still and able to help where needed.
Onwards and out of the recession in construction. Confidence is returning and more of those top quality projects to supply and build for the next awards in 2016