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Board of Trustees update: November 2013

Jack Melling

28 Oct 2013

At the Board's annual planning day in September, the Board reviewed performance and discussed our rolling three year business plan. We reconfirmed SCI's current Vision, Purpose and Strategic Objectives as outlined below.

In addition to continued achievements in the core areas of publishing, conferences, membership activities and awards, SCI has made solid progress against our plan during 2012-13 with the launch of a number of new projects, for example, the Members' Directory, e-membership, expanded early career programmes and commencement of the refurbishment of Belgrave Square. Other projects are due to be completed by end of this year, eg the SCI e-brochure and Group Handbook update.

The 2014-16 business plan and budget will be finalised at the 27 November BoT meeting and I will update you in the January 2014 issue of C&I. At this stage, I am confident that the Board will invest in initiatives to help us to better understand the needs of our current and prospective members so that we can ensure that our services are relevant and inspire active engagement from members and partners to deliver our charitable purpose.

At the September Board Meeting, we welcomed newly elected Trustees, Inna Baigozina-Goreli, Mike Bushell, Geoffrey Fowler, Mark Harrison and Harry Swan. During this meeting, we agreed that the term for Standing Committee Co-options will be up to three years, non-renewable (as agreed for BoT Co-options at the last AGM).

We discussed ideas to improve two-way communication between governance and groups including inviting Group Chairs to the Board Meeting on the AGM Day. We heard from the Revenue Generation Working Party which has proposed a range of options, eg sponsorship, advertising and fundraising from members, as well as some longer term initiatives which will need further investigation.

I look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the Members' Forum on 19 November so I can hear your views on how to make SCI a society that inspires your passion and commitment and one that will attract the next generation of members.

Our Vision is for SCI to be recognised by key influencers in industry, academia and government as a valuable source of multi-disciplinary knowledge and networking, encouraging innovation based on chemistry and related sciences for the benefit of society

Our Purpose is for SCI to be an open, multi-disciplinary forum connecting scientists and business people in order to advance the application of chemistry and related sciences for the benefit of society

Our strategic objectives

  • Inform, influence and interact on issues where SCI has the knowledge and networks to add value to society
  • Inspire and support a growing, active, multi-disciplinary community of members from business, academia and the public sector who will create networks, share knowledge and be ambassadors for SCI
  • Strengthen SCI's reputation as a trusted source of multidisciplinary knowledge for industry and academia
  • Promote the benefits of the application of chemistry and related sciences to the government, industry, media and the public
  • Enhance the value of our assets (financial, premises, people and IP) to improve the long-term sustainability of SCI

Dr Jack Melling
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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