The FCSI UK & Ireland's recent Christmas meeting paved the way for a strong future under new chair Julian Edwards, reports executive director Louise Willis

Last week saw FCSI UK & Ireland members gather at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its first meeting under new chairman, Julian Edwards FCSI.

RIBA was founded in 1834 for the general advancement of Civil Architecture, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2009 and was the ideal backdrop to the event.

Edwards updated the members on a range of topics including the new board structure, the Society’s aims for the next year, meetings and events, working together with other industry bodies and associations, and his vision for 2017 and beyond, based on the central themes of education, collaboration and transformation.

An important role to play

There was a strong consensus from those present at the meeting that FCSI remains a trusted and highly regarded professional body within the industry and has an important role to play.

After the meeting, guests were treated to a delicious lunch provided by Harbour & Jones, which included Pan seared cod, Guinea fowl two ways and Orange Cambridge burnt cream.

Meetings and events planned for 2017 include various professional member meetings, a culinary food tour of London, an Association Collaboration event in April and an Education/Networking day in June.

For more information, email me at louise@fcsi.org or telephone 07425 167627.

Louise Willis

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