The first meeting of the National Board of Management for 2010/2011 was held in Canberra on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd January 2011. Divisional Presidents joined us on Day 1 after the meeting to conduct a review of the SIA strategic and operating plans for 2009 and 2010 and the team has now revitalised those plans to deliver our strategic objectives for the forthcoming year. Day 2 consisted of an update on proposed SIA organisational reform, followed by a Corporate Governance training session conducted by Dr Neil Primrose. A social function on Saturday evening was attended by all participants, as well as the members of the ACT Division Committee of Management and their partners.
A summary of key outcomes of the weekend appears below.
Strategic and operational planning: National Board of Management and Divisional Presidents
National Vice President Tony Mitchell and ACT Division Vice President P.J. Fleming facilitated the group in a review of the 2009 and 2010 strategic plans. As a result, the previous plans and objectives have been streamlined into four discrete elements to better reflect the SIA's current direction and vision: Operational Excellence, Influence, Capability, and Engagement. Divisions will now frame their own operating plans around the revised strategy and corporate plans. The workshop outcomes will be published when available.
SIA organisational reform:
An update on the status of proposed SIA organisational reform (that is, changing from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee) was provided by project team leader David Segrott (immediate past National Public Officer). A substantial amount of work has been completed by this project team and member consultation will begin in the next month, with further details as soon as they are available.
Corporate Governance training:
All Board members and Divisional Presidents attended a facilitated session on corporate governance on Sunday 23rd January. The governance obligations of members who are elected to office are substantial and it is imperative that all persons who accept such a role can execute their obligations with confidence. Divisional Presidents will now liaise with the national office to schedule governance training for the Committees of Management of all Divisions.
Recognition of service:
The contribution made to SIA by immediate past National President Barry Silburn and immediate past National Public Officer David Segrott were acknowledged with a presentation to each at the dinner on Saturday evening. The support given to each by their partners Margaret Silburn and Shirley Segrott was also acknowledged. In addition, Barry was awarded Life Membership of the Institute in recognition of his long period of service to the NSW Division, National, and the profession.
Board meetings for 2010/2011:
Board meetings for the 2010/2011 period will be held in various jurisdictions to allow the NBOM to meet with the members of the Divisional Committees of Management. Future face-to-face meetings are scheduled for Melbourne in April, Brisbane in June, and Sydney in October. Teleconferences will be scheduled for the intervening periods. A member update will be published after each NBOM meeting, as well as in the intervening periods should there be any significant matters for communication.
Questions or queries?
The CEO and the executive members of the National Board are happy to respond to any member enquiries about the material in this update. I would be grateful if you would direct all enquiries to the CEO in the first instance (email@example.com or 03 8336 1995) and indicate if you wish your enquiry to be passed to a NBOM member.