Colleagues and Friends,
That feels like the shortest 24 months, but when I look back I actually note that a lot has happened with regards to our Institute and the profession.
At the start of that time we embarked on the restricting of the Institute putting in place improved governance and a strategy for sustainability and again I would like to thank you for the strong support from Queensland architects.
There has also been a significant “change of guard” in our local team with Judith’s retirement and the highly enthusiastic team led by new ED Melissa Greenall focusing on member services, CPD, Practice forums and a more outwardly facing awards program together with a greater focus on our relations with EmAGN, Sona and the ACA.
Early involvement and influence with the State Government has seen their new Procurement Police prioritizing value over price and a strong regional approach. We are also at the table with them in making contracts fairer for architects and in addressing issues such as non-compliant building materials.
It has been a time where our standing with both State and Local Government has been enhanced and we look forward to benefits in remuneration for our services and respect for our knowledge and skills.
During this last 2 years it has been an honour to represent the AIA here in Queensland and on National Council and I’d like to sincerely thank our local administration team, Mell, Courtney, Madelynn, Joyce and Gemma for their fantastic contribution of ideas and dedication. Finally thank you to all members for the privilege to represent this wonderful profession.
I wish our new Chapter President, Paul Trotter and councillors, both new and returning, all the success for 2018 and beyond.
Very best wishes