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president’s welcome
This is my first time to write to you as President of CILT Ireland. It was a great honour for me to take up this position a couple of months ago and I am determined to continue to build on the achievements delivered during Finbarr Cleary’s tenure. Indeed, I want to take this opportunity to thank Finbarr on behalf of our Council and membership for the wonderful job he has done during a very challenging period for CILT, our industry and the Irish economy. Finbarr showed great leadership in navigating us through those difficulties and leaves a proud legacy. Some of his key achievements were as follows:
• Implementation of strong Corporate Governance procedures in line with best practice.
• A new more expansive Diploma programme with closer links to Industry.
• Growing membership and wider influence across the Supply Chain, Logistics and
Transport sectors.
• CILT Ireland have secured two influential positions at international level – Kevin
Byrne, International President Elect and Finbarr Cleary, International Vice President.
• Developed a new ‘Business Plan’ endorsed by Council.
• Solid financial performance.
My inaugural Presidential address is scheduled to take place in early next year where I will set out my vision for the future. Our key role is to Promote Professionalism in Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain and ensure that the Institute is the ‘First Choice for our Profession’ in Ireland. We will achieve this by focusing on three areas; Growth through expansion of Education programmes and Services, Strengthening of the CILT brand and promotion of standards and best practice. Some of the key objectives identified to support these strategies are:
• Introduce CILT flexible Supply Chain BSc in 2016.
• Partner to develop a pipeline of Continuous Professional Developments programmes.
• Collaborate with global CILT family to identify and deliver educational services internationally.
• Increase policy development output.
• Confirm the reputation and status of the Institute as the primary voice for professionals in the industry.
• Improve the level of corporate engagement with CILT.
• Invest in new facilities with an in house training centre.
• Deploy better use of latent talent pool within CILT.
• Initiate project to seek ISO 9001 accreditation.
The power of the Institute comes from the members - individual and corporate. Therefore it is essential that we engage strongly with members whether through the provision of education, information, resources, facilities, events, and also through direct communication via web and social media.
The objectives and vision set out cannot be achieved without the active engagement of our members. I am calling on each and every one of you to get more engaged whether through active participation in our Committees or by attending more of the many events we host throughout the year.
There were a whole series of events this year which attempted to cover all areas of our Industry. A great example most recently was an event held in Cork to honour three people. In attendance was guest speaker, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine, Food and Defence who positively referred to the Logistics and Supply Chain profession and our positive contribution to Ireland’s economic recovery. This event was organised to honour a very long standing member and to award two fellowships: Mr. Noel Bishop on the presentation to him of a Long Service Award. Noel has been an outstanding member of CILT for 51 years. Mr Gerard Deegan, former Container Terminal Operations Manager, Cork Harbour, maritime expert and Council Member being awarded a Chartered Fellowship of CILT. The presentation of Chartered Fellowship to Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, PhD, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces in recognition of his very substantial contribution to logistics, supply chain and transport. The ceremony was followed by a conference on ‘Humanitarian Logistics – From Syria to Ireland’ which was held in the Boole theatre in UCC with an opening address by the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sean Sherlock TD.
The following day in Dublin Professor Edward Sweeney delivered a well attended lecture on ‘Global supply chain issues in the 21st Century’
We continue to work very closely with DTTAS and the H.S.A. as the examining agent for the CPC Management, DGSA and ADR examinations. We have introduced a number of new initiatives this year which further cement these important relationships and I would like to thank both bodies for their ongoing support and positive engagement.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Council for their support, guidance and commitment throughout the year. Also, I would like to thank the Institute’s staff and members for their considerable efforts in promoting CILT. We are now in a period of transition with a senior member of staff retiring and two others taking up attractive opportunities outside of CILT. They deserve great credit for their contribution over many years and I would like to pay a particular tribute to them and wish them well in the future.
Finally, I would like to wish each of you well in your endeavours in 2016.
paddy doherty
CILT Ireland President
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