At July’s Council and Board meetings, there was strong endorsement to progress with plans to increase the geographical area covered by Regional Groups in Ireland and the UK. This would in turn devolve greater freedom to a reduced number of Regional Committees to develop both physical and virtual events targeted at increasing the number of members who will in future, be able to engage with a Regional Group and be better supported by the Institution.
As part of this arrangement, the Institution will be providing additional administrative support to assist Regional Committees who already put so much energy and commitment in their support of local members.
During 2023, we will be piloting these changes in three new regions, working in partnership between HQ and Regional Committees so that practical details can be worked through before embarking on a full rollout during 2024.
- Ireland and Northern Ireland will operate as a single Regional Group with hubs operating initially in Belfast and Dublin
- The Aberdeen & Offshore Regional Group will become a hub within an enlarged Scottish Regional Group
- Chester & North Wales will merge with Lancashire & Cheshire which will also be extended to include Cumbria
We wish all three every success in their programme planning for 2023 and will be rolling out lessons being learned when Council meets again in February, May, July and October.
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