The Plaisterers Hall at One London Wall was the venue for the recent AGM and Annual Luncheon for the Institute of Demolition Engineers. The exquisite venue hosted yet another bumper turnout of IDE Members to have their say about our industry. The day’s proceedings commenced with President Duncan Rudall announcing an increase in the subscription prices to bring them in-line with other professional federations. “We are currently in-line with the likes of the flower arranging society.” quipped Mr Rudall. A further £25 per year increase for the next four years will see the Institute and industry benefit greatly for the increased investment.
Stuart Accleton proceeded to run through the Institute’s accounts stating a drop in income allied to an increase in spending. A profit was still achieved thanks to the `Spring and Autumn Seminars in Leeds and London. Revenues are expected to increase slightly in the following year thanks to an increase in membership and membership costs and also to the grateful sponsorship from Liebherr and ECY Haulmark. Mr Accleton confirmed that the IDE were to put aside up to six thousand pounds to be spent on youth development within the industry with a further five thousand pounds being put aside for the promotion of the institute at leading trade events and a final five thousand pounds for the upgrading of new office facilities in Rochester which the IDE will be moving into early in the new year.
Vice President, David Darsey, was invited to speak about the 40th Anniversary of the IDE which is taking place next year. Mr Darsey informed the packed venue that a Summer Ball was to be held at the Science Museum in London. Both Liebherr and ECY Haulmark are on board to sponsor the event with a further two companies also showing great interest in assisting with the sponsorship of this great event. Mr Darsey kindly asked for all Members to make the effort to attend the ball as it will be a great night for our industry.
Following on from last years meeting, the issue of Chartership for Members was again addressed. Mick Ulyatt has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months and his hard work has paid off with the IDE concluding a registration with the Society of Environmental Engineers. This registration allows all suitably qualified Members a route to Chartered Engineer status. This means that Members will be globally recognised for their expertise within our industry and means our Members can now stand shoulder to shoulder with other recognised engineering trades. Professor Ray Clarke from the Society of Environmental Engineers and IDE President Duncan Rudall proceeded to sign the agreement. Mr Rudall thanked Mr Ulyatt for his persistence in attaining this accreditation for the Institute.
A lively debate regarding the possibility of research and funding for the future of the demolition industry was led by Dr Terry Quarmby with the IDE Board being fully committed to monies being set aside for research to assist demolition engineers in the future. Mr John Woodward went on to speak about the setting up of a sub-committee to discuss and manage a BSC and MSC in Demolition Engineering starting in September 2016 at Wolverhampton University. Stuart Accleton went on to speak about the Passion Project recently launched in the House of Lords. Monies set aside for youth development within the industry will be used within the project to fund the first students through NDTG training courses for a three moth probationary period. The IDE have confirmed that the best of the students will be fully sponsored through the duration of their course.
Adrian McLean spoke about the need for bringing youngsters into the industry and the need for more honesty and openness between Members in highlighting issues with the possibility of upskilling Members and furthering training for Members with Mr Rudall confirming that funds will be available should people be willing to come forward to impart their knowledge throughout the industry. Dr Terry Quarmby thanked Adrian McLean for his statement and proposed the reintroduction of the Demolition Roadshows to spread the word of the Institute as well as imparting knowledge around the industry.
At the end of the AGM proceedings the results of the recent round of voting to select new Council Members was announced with Howard Button, Richard Dolman and John Wring being voted onto the Council of Management
Following the luncheon, presentations to new Members and Members moving further up the academic ladder were handed out with over 50 presentations being made. Congratulations to the following members who received recognition at this years Awards Presentation:
Associate (AMIDE): Adam Barkley, Ashley Grant, Christopher Hallam, Sam Hamilton, Mark Kime, Dylan Lovelock, Ross MacCormack, David Murray, Christopher Riches, Thomas Sloyan, Samuel Taylor, Emma Thompson, William Unwin, Barry Ward and Michael Weller.
Full Members (MIDE): Daniel Baker, Nicholas Barker, Paul Bloom, David Churchward, Christopher Doyle, Damien Flatley, Brian Haughton, Peter Hobson, James Howard, Paul Hunt, John Kelly, Keith Kelsey, Martin Kettle, Pater MacDonald, Owen McGee, Stuart McKinlay, William Melia, Andrew Moore, Mark Nicholls, Simon Ogden, William Quinn, Robert Shaw, Peter Smith, Matthew Sprayson, Patrick Swift, Tony Taperell, Nicholas Taylor, John Thompson, Harry Ward, Nicholas Williamson and Jeremy Wolstencroft.
The day was completed with the drawing of the raffle with prizes kindly donated by Members and corporate sponsors. A total of £3000.00 was raised for the President’s chosen charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust.