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                CEO’s Introduction
Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of Linkline Magazine, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members and friends of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for all the support given in the first half of the year  Spring 2018 has seen CILT Skillnet continue to gain traction with an increased number of businesses signing up to our network  CILT Skillnet network now comprises of 96 individual firms, 60 of these firms have availed of the Skillnet grant assisted training offerings in 2018  We have completed a total of 378 training days in the Network for the year up to 30 June  The CILT Network will continue to expand to fill the training needs of our sector, given the uncertainties that Brexit will bring with it, the need for high quality training has never been so acute as it is now  We intend to expand our offering of Skillnet courses in the near future 
Our Skillnet Network Manger Mr Jerry Meredith has moved on to the Freight Transport Association taking up the position of Business Services Manager  During Jerry’s one and a half years with CILT he made a significant contribution to the development of the educational offering of the Institute  I would like to take this opportunity to formally recognise Jerry’s contribution to the Institute and to thank him for all the advice and help that he gave me 
The Spring of 2018 was a busy time for the Institute, I do not intend to outline all events as organised by the Institute but will highlight two  On Tuesday 01 May, The Honourable David Collenette, PC, LLD, FCILT addressed a capacity crowd in the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin 4  David was Minister for Transport in Canada during the 9/11 2001 Attacks on America  He was responsible for overseeing the landing of 229 planes, most from Europe, that were refused entry to US airspace  David told his gripping and interesting story that changed the course of aeronautical history, and that shocked the world  David then asked three individuals who had vital roles that day to come and speak to the room  These
were; Capt Derek Bothwell, Aer Lingus pilot (Retd)  Eugene McNamee, Aer Lingus operations (Retd), John Burke, CEO Aer Rianta (Ret)  Each person gave an interesting story of what happened from their perspective, that we as individuals who watched on the television that fateful day could not have imagined 
On Monday 28 May, the Southern Section of CILT organised a visit to Liebherr Cranes in Killarney, the visit coincided with a CILT Council Meeting that was held in Killarney  On the morning of the visit all attendees gathered in the reception of Liebherr and were welcomed to the plant  Those attending were given an overview of what to expect from their time in the facility before dividing the 42 individuals attending into three separate groups  A very interesting and insightful tour to members followed  The tour included the cutting and preparation, steel construction and welding buildings  Attendees were able to see the different stages of construction a crane goes through  The logistics involved in all stages of the process were breath-taking, from the
sourcing of raw materials right through to the transport of these gargantuan cranes to the Port of Fenit 
June saw my first Annual General Meeting as CEO to the Institute which I am pleased to say concluded in a timely manner  It gave me the opportunity to meet members who attended on the evening  This update is not meant to encapsulate all happenings in the Institute but rather to provide you with a flavour of some of the important changes and improvements being implemented  I would like to thank our President and Council for their continued support and positive contribution  I would also thank our members for their continued support and membership and of course our staff who continue to embrace change and an ambition to provide a better service to all our stakeholders and members 
    Mick Curran - CEO
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