In a personal address to the NGN membership Natalie Shoemark-Dyer, Chair of the NGN, reflects on a successful 2015, a year of building foundations and consolidation for the new NGN Steering Committee. Now in 2016 Natalie shares her view with you on the year ahead and outlines some of the specifics of the varied and exciting line-up of events. Action is the word!
The last year has been a huge success for the NGN. At the start of the year our focus was around re-establishing the steering committee and restructuring, so that each member had a clear focus. This has made our ability to manage work easier and allowed us to channel our responses to our membership more effectively. Hannah and I were keen to establish a strong team with the same passion for the cause as ourselves and in the present committee we have done that.
2015 has also been about raising our profile and improved engagement with our membership. We have worked hard in producing communications, developing a website and increasing our attendance at both branches, SIG and CQI events. We were actively involved this year in the CQI Conference and had a great interest in the work we did for World Quality Day. Our presence in Quality World has been enormously successful as has the impact we are beginning to create on social media through utilising the tools of the next generation.
We have also been able to begin to better understand our membership data which has helped us in understanding our target audience and inform the decisions we make for 2016.
It has been an incredibly enjoyable year and in 2016 I look forward to meeting many more Young Quality professionals and getting them involved in the work we are doing.
2016: What’s to come?
2016 has started off with a bang! Our Web and Social Media Officer will be actively involved in supporting the CQI with a project to improve our website and help the development of microsites for the other SIGs. This is a great way to start the year as we can improve our own offering and collaborate with the other SIGs which will help us in spreading our message.
We will continue supporting the CQI by:
Adding value for the membership
Providing representation and support to the CQI executive
Supporting the recruitment of Young Quality Professionals in Industry and Education.
There are a number of projects we have on the table to deliver to support these objectives, so at present we are prioritising those we feel we should focus on first. Over the coming months we will look to engage with the network to obtain their support and to ensure we are focussing on the needs of our members.
Governance continues within the committee and new roles are opening up to enable us to better deliver projects. We are currently recruiting for an Events Officer to support Amy Bell and an Operations Officer as Terri Bickford moves into the role of Finance Officer.
Our membership team are working with Paul Naysmith in the early development of an Apprenticeship scheme. This is a very exciting project for all involved and it is felt this will give those looking to enter into quality a clear route in education they can follow.
As always, the NGN SC shall continue supporting CQI projects. At present we are involved in supporting the CQI’s Learning and Development Team with their changes to the new training programme. We will also continue to be involved in panels and steering committees to ensure the voice of the NGN is heard and influences decision making within the CQI.
Importantly our focus shall remain on engagement and developing further our value proposition including tangible items for our membership.
2015 was very much about mobilisation and 2016 will be about action, we have some exciting times ahead!