Board of Trustees - September 2017

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 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.
 

 

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Did you know…

Eddington is the University of Cambridge’s ‘’exemplary sustainable community’’ on the NW edge of the city. When fully developed by 2027, it will provide 3,000 homes and 2,000 student bedrooms.
 
The greenest aspect of Eddington is that car travel(and even owning a car) is strongly discouraged. Every new resident has a meeting with a travel planner who advises on alternatives to driving.
 
There is only one parking space for every four or five flats reserved for university staff, who will occupy half the 3,000 homes. Renting a parking space costs £85/month and only a handful of the first hundred residents have so far bought a car.
 
Even the luxury homes have no driveways and visitors arriving by car will have to pay for parking if they stay more than 90 minutes. A total of 12,000 bike spaces will be provided for a development of 8,500 residents.
 
Source: The Times, SEPT 2017