The day was a complete sell out with 200 members attending the event.
This years event saw Steve Jack’s reign as President come to an end with Duncan Rudall stepping up to the helm.
Steve Jack addressed the members explaining how his two years as President had flown by before reporting on the Institute joining the Construction Industry Council and how the Institute has approached other industry members such as the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Structural Engineers to come and see how the IDE operates. Mr Jack then commented on the increase in membership over the last 12 months but also conceded that the Institute has lost some members due to their lack of CPD hours. He then went on to explain that the Institute has recognised that it needs to be made easier for members to accrue these hours and it is something that will be put into place shortly. Mr Jack commented that it was very encouraging to see that all prospective members taking the entrance exam in September passed.
Steve Jack then passed over to Terry Quarmby to enlighten the audience on the new Technician grade of membership. The Technician grade will sit between an Entrant member and an Associate member. The Technician grade will be open to people who have worked in the industry for a minimum of five years and hold either a gold card at supervisor status or a managers card and have their CPD up to date. Successful applicants for this position will then be allowed to have the initials TECH IDE after their name. Although not a full member, it will recognise that the member has experience of a middle management role within the demolition industry.
Incoming President Duncan Rudall spoke about the forthcoming DemoExpo 2015 and urged members to both attend and to to offer support in any way they could. Commenting on the 2013 event, Mr Rudall said that the change of venue to J Mould’s yard in Reading would hopefully entice more of the Southern members to attend next years event. Mr Rudall then went on to explain that Adrian McLean had once again offered his services to help organise the event which he had done so well in 2013. Mr McLean then briefly commented that a number of major exhibitors have already signed up for the event and that John Mould had kindly agreed to open up his extensive private collection of vintage vehicles to the attendees of the show.
The recent re-launch of The Demolition Engineer magazine was the next topic, with Editor Mick Ulyatt speaking about the need for all members to assist in taking the magazine forward. Mr Ulyatt expressed his wish for the magazine to be for the membership and written by the membership. The first issue was handed out to attendees at the AGM with Mr Ulyatt wanting feedback and any further editorial for the next issue.
The financial state of the IDE was next in line with Stuart Accleton explaining that the Institute was on a healthy financial standing. With the AGM agenda taken care of, the next step was to announce the results of the voting for Vice President and Management Council elections. With Duncan Rudall taking the chains of office from Steve Jack it was up to National Secretary, Maureen Tong-Ralphs to announce the results. The position of Vice President was won by David Darsey, just pipping Richard Dolman to the post and Stuart Accleton being elected Honorary Treasurer for a further year. Management Council positions went to John Woodward, Terry Quarmby, Vernon Watson, Michael Ulyatt and Gary Bishop.
Upon completion of the meeting, members were taken on a guided tour around the Tower before returning for a superb three course lunch in the New Armouries suite. The afternoon’s proceedings included new President Duncan Rudall presenting fourteen certificates to members joining the Institute and and to those progressing further with their qualifications. The afternoon was rounded off with the raffle. Thanks must be extended to Worsley Plant for their kind sponsorship and ECY Haulmark, C&D Consultancy, A R Demolition Ltd, Mr Vernon Watson and Mr Duncan Rudall for their kind support with the raffle prizes.
Congratulations go to the following members in recognition of their upgraded membership of the IDE, some of whom were presented with their certificates at the Awards Ceremony held at the luncheon:
Associate Membership: Andrew Barnes, Timothy Coppin, Andrew Crawford, John Davis, Aiden Healy, Thomas O’Connell, Carl Payne, Edward Pugh, Christopher Thomson, Nicholas Ward, Stephen McAleenan.
Full Membership: Robin Bourne, Shane Coyle, Terry Davies, Robert Ellis, Duke Harvey, David Hickey, Antony Hopkinson, Lee Jack, Richard Jarvis, Adrian Kelly, Tim Lohmann, Stephen McCann, Lee Mulholland, Ian Rodger, Carl Strong, Adam Thurlby, Christina Wallace, John Wilson.
Honorary Fellow: Daryl Smith
Best Examination Paper: Andrew Barnes