Associate Member’s Meeting

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently held another of its bi-annual meetings with its Associate Members at Coombe Abbey hotel, Coventry, on 16 November.

Representatives from 34 Associate Member companies and Scheme Directors met to discuss and develop a terms of membership and structure for future Associate Membership meetings. The meeting was opened by Scheme Director, Nigel Marks, who introduced new Associate Members, Surgo Construction Ltd, Shaylor Group, Bullock and Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering Ltd and each company was presented with a plaque to recognise their membership.  Following this, Edward Hardy, Chief Executive, then gave a Scheme update presentation.

The Associate Members were then split into 4 working groups to discuss possible future amendments to the Monitors checklist and the Code of Considerate Practice, as well as the format of future Associate Members meetings and how it could be changed, in view of the increasing number of members.

Members then fed back to the whole group and various opinions were shared amongst the Associates. Most members felt the meeting should be longer and consist of break out groups, which many felt were the best way to interact with others and for sharing best practice.

The Scheme will take into consideration all ideas and suggestions from Associate Members for future meetings, and will implement the new structure at the next meeting, scheduled for June 2011.

The meeting was then followed by an informal dinner, which provided the attendees with an opportunity for further discussion.

Edward Hardy, Scheme Chief Executive commented: As the Associate Member group expands, the Scheme realises the importance of changing the format of the meetings to accommodate the size and ever changing needs of the group. This meeting was one of the most successful and productive meetings we have had with our members and only proved to highlight how important the opinions are of our Associate Members in driving the Scheme forward.