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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Board of Trustees - September 2017
06 September 2017
September has been a busy month and a good precursor of what awaits me for the rest of my Presidential term!
It all started on the 6th with the chairing of my First Board of Trustees meeting. It was a full day of discussion and consideration of a multitude of very important matters. Until I had joined Council many years ago (which led to me joining the Board some time later) I really had no idea what this "Board of Trustees" was all about! Who are these Trustees? What is their function and what is it that they consider at their bimonthly meetings?
Well, I now have a very good idea - and having to Chair made me appreciate how much work goes into the preparation of these meetings and how significant each and every decision is.
So, this time round we discussed:
the performance of our four Strategic Boards;
our newly launched international strategy;
the Institution's finances (which I'm pleased to say are sound and healthy);
our response to the General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR);
project Alpha (which will make us much more efficient through the introduction of a new computer system)
And much more.......
My thanks to my fellow Trustees for their contributions during a very busy day and my thanks also to the executive for the hard work they put into the preparation of all the papers which made the day run efficiently and (thanks to some very good chairing) on time! Special thanks to Peter Connolly for his mentoring and for our "rehearsals" before the meeting itself.
Did you know…
Billions of pounds spent upgrading motorways and roads may be a waste of money because traffic levels are expected to fall, ministers have been told.
A study by the University of Leeds has said that people were travelling “less often and less far” by car because of the rise of internet shopping, Netflix and flexible working.
The Commission on Travel Demand said that individuals used cars and other vehicles 14% less than they did fifteen years ago with more of those in their late teens and early 20s shunning car ownership altogether.
Hence, even though traffic has reached record levels as a result of population growth, the study has concluded that vehicles were likely to travel 70 billion miles less by 2040 than the government predicted.
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