CE Midlands Chair, Uma Shanker – December Overview
It has been another eventful year and the Christmas period will I hope bring a well deserved break for all of us to prepare for the New Year ahead. It is great to see CE Midlands returning to “normal working” with our awards, leadership dinners and events taking centre stage again this year. Indeed construction as a whole has played a key role in our post pandemic recovery. I would like to go on record and say a big thank you to the Board, our Clubs and Hubs, our members, sponsors and the army of people whose extra ordinary efforts helped make the events such a success.
It is wonderful to see our membership grow as we play a key role in joining the dots across the built environment and infrastructure value chain informing, influencing and inspiring individuals and organisations. A big welcome to our fabulous new members. Our members have been brilliant this year supporting and contributing to our vision and the work we do. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do and never before has this been so important as we take on the challenges of digitisation and sustainability. That is why I am so excited about the Diploma we have launched in Collaborative Working with Nottingham Trent. Our back room integration with CE Wales and South West has yielded some great benefits in both efficiency and effectiveness of our delivery to our members, and we will continue to build on the systems and relationships we have put in place.
I hope we will look back on 2021 and remember it for two things – the year in which we conquered the virus whilst keeping our projects going and seizing the moment with COP 26, putting green construction at the heart of our agenda.
As we turn to 2022, supply issues and safety related legislation changes could cause some wobbles as we bounce back as a region with increasing construction activity levels. We will continue to support our members and managers understand and mitigate these challenges. I also look forward to next year as we create more opportunities and knowledge for our members to enable greener, smarter and safer construction in the West and East Midlands.