East Anglia Branch - letter from the Chair

Please allow me to start with offering all of you a belated Happy New Year.

2018 was an amazing year for us within the East Anglia Branch, delivering a full program across 3 counties, covering a range of topics, as well as introducing soft skills sessions at the end of our events.  During 2018 we saw a fantastic growth in attendances at our events across, by year end reporting a staggering 100% increase in our average delegate numbers from the beginning of the year.

As a result we as a committee have had to listen to the feedback we received from our delegates and within our survey and introduce the facility for making bookings for our events.  This is not something that we do lightly as we have always enjoyed being able to offer an open door policy, but due to the limitations with the venues/rooms that we use for our events this decision is sadly unavoidable.

Therefore beginning with our first event of 2019 ANYONE wishing to attend our branch meetings will need to book their place in advance, failure to do so may mean that any trying to attend on the day who haven’t booked their place will not be permitted entry if all of the allotted spaces have been filled.

The first event of the year is as follows:

Date: 22 February 2019.

Subject: IOSH Membership – Peer Reviews.

Venue: Cambridge Golf & Conference Centre, Cambridge Road, Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 9HQ

Within the 2018 survey some very interesting insights were shared with the committee relating to topics, locations as well as logistical preferences, these are currently being discussed and fed into our strategy, look out for changes in the next few months, and thank you to everyone who responded.

Our AGM is scheduled for 26 April 2019 alongside the HSE LOcHER team and Bev Messenger (IOSH Chief Executive). The AGM is your chance to be involved your branch IOSH committee so please book your place early!

You can find out more about the branch and our activities via the IOSH website (remember to look out for the link to the new IOSH website once you’ve logged into MyIOSH), on our East Anglia Branch LinkedIn Group page as well as on our own Twitter account.

Wishing you safe travels,
Simon Hatson
IOSH East Anglia Branch Chair.