The year ahead

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 25 August 2017

As I had previously been advised by wise people, August has proved to be a quieter month! I have not had any external engagements, even though I have had many meetings and discussions with staff at Britannia Walk in preparation of my future schedule and forthcoming events. Something tells me that in a few days' time I will be hit by a tsunami!
We start on the 6 September with the first Trustees meeting to be followed soon afterwards by the Locan Cup which is being organised by the East Midlands Region in Lincolnshire. The sad news is that I have been judged "not good enough" to take part in the golf itself; I therefore look forward instead to the organised tour of Lincoln city and cathedral. 
There follow in quick succession the first Council meeting on the 20th; a meeting with the chair of ADEPT on the 22nd; and the Annual Dinner of the Yorkshire and Humber region in Leeds on the 29th.
Finally, the more eagle-eyed amongst you, will have noticed that last month I started a new column feature entitled "Did you know?" My intention behind that is to prompt a reaction from some of you and therefore start to engage a little bit more with grassroots membership.
Please feel free to email me with any views or comments which you may have - or alternatively, please send in your own "Did you know?” I very much look forward to my post bag being swamped with your messages!


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Did you know…

Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's  all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.