Welcome Message from Ant Burd
03 February 2020
I would like to wish you a happy, productive and safe New Year and next decade.
By the time you read this you will likely have all but forgotten about your resolutions for the year ahead. Can I therefore take this opportunity to kindly ask you to support some great causes in this new decade? Alongside my support for the great work of the CABE Benevolent Fund, many of you will know, I am also a founding Trustee of We Build the Future. This is a construction sector-led charity that seeks to transform support, advice and guidance for people who have cancer in their lives, and fund research into better cancer detection, prevention and treatment.
Please support this great cause here webuildthefuture.org/donate/
I’m honestly still aghast that it is 2020. While we leave behind a decade that can only be described as ‘seminal’ in terms of the issues we as an industry witnessed – be it the unfolding Grenfell Tower tragedy and its wider reaching implications for every aspect of the industry, or the general acceptance that we need to address the climate change emergency (no doubt you have watched the bush fires in Australia too). There is still so much for us to do. In fact, this new decade needs to be defined by our responses.
Finding robust solutions to these problems won’t be easy. The burgeoning digital transformation agenda holds some promise, though, for improvements to the way we effectively and safely design, specify, build, operate and maintain our built assets. As an approach, it will also allow us to better capture learnings and spread best practice ensuring we don’t ever make the same mistakes.
"There is still so much for us to do. In fact, this bright, new decade needs to be defined by our responses"
In addition to digital transformation, we are also going to need some of the very best people working in our industry. It’s always good to blend my day job at BSI with my presidential role in CABE. Late 2019, I headed to the Middle East for my regular trip to the world’s largest Built Environment exhibition in Dubai,
the Big 5.
This year, I was speaking at the event for BSI and we had a CABE stand. Over the week, myself, Gavin Dunn and CABE business development director, Paul Comben were buoyed by meeting a number of our established members and a great many people who now want to join CABE on its journey.
We also viewed the impressive Abu Dhabi airport, due to open this year, with CABE member John Boyce and met the regional Chair. A great trip and proof, as if it were needed, that the recognition of CABE extends well beyond the UK and Ireland.
Talking of great people, many of you will know of Paul Everall, until recently the Chief Executive of the LABC. To say he is going to retire would simply be wrong, he has too many interests and friends to allow that, but he has now stepped down from his role at the LABC and is taking things a little more easily.
I’ve known Paul for a long time; in fact I used to work for him when he headed the Building Regulations Division at what is now MHCLG. He was brilliant then, as he is now, and from a personal and a CABE perspective (let’s not forget he is an Honorary Fellow) I would just like this opportunity to thank him.
That’s it from me for now. I have a busy few months ahead with the AGM and then to Hong Kong to formally open our new CABE office for the region for more than 700 members.
MIFireE FCABE FRICS
Chartered Building Engineer