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7th January 2019

Here we are at the beginning of 2019.  Many of you will probably have worked without a break other than your scheduled rest days.  While much of the country and our community takes time out, I know from experience the ‘jobs’ still keep coming in.  We appreciate how hard it can be and thank you, your families and loved ones for what you do.

Looking back, December was a busy time for me, some of it considering new areas of work.  Along with our President, John Anthony, I attended the International Critical Control Rooms Association (ICCRA) annual congress.  John was a speaker at the event which took place in London this year.  It was interesting to catch up with people from the control room environment from all over the world and to exchange views and ideas.

Later in the month I attended the Associations Congress and Exhibition for UK & Ireland.  I’ve been in my role with BAPCO for two years now and realise how easy it is to become consumed by the day to day work of the association and trying to get new initiatives up and running or breathe life into others.  This is as well as managing ‘routine’ matters such as our Annual Conference & Exhibition.  I realise if BAPCO is to be stronger and better we / I need to learn from other associations.  Whilst our aims and objectives may be different, we have a lot in common in terms of what we do and who we work for.  It was an interesting couple of days and really took me out of my comfort zone.  I intend to look into this area a lot more in 2019.

We have our first Executive Committee meeting of 2019 later this month.  It will be the first time we have had everybody together since six new members were appointed to the committee last year.  Rather than the usual Executive Committee meeting which tends to concentrate on routine business, this one will be different.  We intend to concentrate on what people bring to BAPCO, what they can offer the association and very importantly, what it should be doing and where it should be heading in these interesting times?

It’s a different approach, particularly as we will be only weeks away from BAPCO 2019 with CCE but it’s something that needs doing.  An organisation that doesn’t listen, learn and evolve doesn’t remain relevant, if it even exists at all. 

I hope you’ve booked to attend BAPCO 2019 with CCE.  It looks likely to be our biggest event yet with a great line up of interesting international speakers covering many areas of public safety communications and technology.