Awards Night 2010
It has been 6 months since I stepped down as Chairman of the group and time to attend an event I thought. The awards night has always been an event I have enjoyed, both when being involved with the organisation and also before my time as a member. Maybe the fact that I got awarded Best Young Associate of the Year in 2005 has got something to do with it.......
The committee had chosen a new venue, the Ramada Encore in Crewe. It was my first visit to this venue and it was impressive. With it being a Friday evening, very few were stopping in the hotel and we almost had the building to ourselves. Just fewer than fifty people turned up, including the IAM's Chief Examiner, Peter Rodger and Simon Reynish, who is Chairman of the North West Group of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Peter Rodger started the evening off with a presentation regarding one of the more recent aspects of his role, Quality Assurance within the groups. It was interesting to learn that different groups operate to so many standards across the country. The IAM are trying to set an ideal standard, which they would like all groups to try and operate to. This included returning emails/telephone calls within a certain number of days, assigning associates to observers within a set time period etc. It was also interesting to learn that only 80% of people who sign up for Skill for Life actually join a group and commence observed runs.
A trip to the bar to refill our glasses and a sit down buffet then proceeded. As ever with these events the food was great but it was time to listen to our second speaker. CILT, has over 33,000 members in more than 100 countries, so is obviously no small organisation. The organisation's primary aim is to promote and encourage the art and science of logistics and transport. Membership of CILT provides professional identity to those people that work in the transport sector. As an organisation, it is clearly recognised globally.
After the second presentation the evening was directed towards its main focus, the presentation of this year's awards. The awards were presented to the following: David Stubbs for Best Observer of the Year; Sally Molley for Best Associate of the Year; and Simeon Bowen-Fanstone for Best Young Associate of the Year.
As with all these evenings, time was limited and before I knew it, it was time for the raffle draw, a few closing words and time to go home. For me, it was nice to see people being recognised for their high standard of driving, listening and learning about CILT, and also getting the opportunity to meet more members of the group, face to face
Could I take this opportunity to thank Murray and the team for putting on a great evening. This yet again showed off the true successes of the group. I hope to see you at the 2011 awards evening.
James Sinstadt: Chairman July 2007-November 2009