Eastern Region The region board has met twice this year to consider issues such as region boundaries, finance, membership, report from council of management, develop ment of a region programme and venues. As such we are pleased to announce the following events:
Norwich/Norfolk & North Suffolk AT HOME 10 June 1998
For members of the above captioned areas and indeed any of those members that would like to travel further, the opportunity to meet regional and branch officers, Institute members and the local `captains of industry and commerce'.
This first social and networking event of 1998 will be hosted by local members of the Eastern Region board - Mike Barnes (Norwich), Robin Beard, Richard Bridges, Doug Skidmore and John Rivett of Ipswich. From further afield will come other Eastern region board members - namely Ray Martin, Mike Sullivan region chairman and secretary respectively and John Grover, deputy chairman.
The evening's format will be informal to allow maximum contact and discussion between all members and guests.
Members will shortly receive a correspondence regarding this event with a reply slip. Once again early response will assist the organisers with the catering. Further details can be seen in the advert on page 29 of this issue of the journal.
This promises to be a first class evening and members are invited to bring along colleagues and partners.
Summer Sail Event cruise Harwich Harbour and the Orwell and Stour rivers.
Colchester and Ipswich branch on behalf of Eastern region board have organised what they feel is a `Summer Spectacular Event' that they hope will at least equal last year's most enjoyable mid-summer's day visit to Norwich Airport and the cruise on the Norfolk Broads. News from the region board on forthcoming events.
From the advert on page 29 in this edition of the journal you will see that no endeavours have been spared to make the occasion one that you will certainly remember - a cruise on a traditional Thames Sailing barge with all `mod cons' to view the fast developing commercial aspects of Harwich Harbour and the `Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' of the waterside of the twin rivers, Orwell and Stour which will encompass environmental aspects and wildlife.
It is considered most fortunate that the Thames barge Thistle' has been reserved for 11 July, a most popular time of the season. The previous Saturday not being available due to the vessel's commitments to the Annual Pin Mill Thames Sailing Barge Race, a truly spectacular sight to see all the barges competing as if it were the heyday of the barges on the East Coast (pre 1900 on to the 1930's).
Unfortunately we cannot ask the Thistle' owners to provide a complementary lunch and drinks, as we are customers this year and not invited guests as last year's Fly Cruise event at Norwich. Therefore, as lunch time will occur during the cruise we cannot escape making a charge for lunch as well as the cruise - but it will still be excellent value for money at an inclusive price of L16.50 per person. This cost includes a Ploughman's lunch with apple pie desert, there will be a cash tea, coffee and bar service on board.
We had hoped to feature a visit to the Harwich Harbour Authority - Control Tower, unfortunately this facility is being completely refurbished (a sign of increased shipping activity), The Harbour Master and his staff convey their sincere apologies. However, discussions are under way for this visit to feature in the region's programme for next season, as will be the visit to the Lifeboat Station at Harwich and the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook.
The region board look forward to meeting you on board the Thistle' for this promising social and networking event.
For reservations please book early by contacting: Robin Beard, 26 Wheatfields, Whatfield, Ipswich IP7 6RB, tel 01473 822060.
Richard Bridges, Woodbridge Road, Bredfield, Woodbridge IP13 6AW tel 01394 384874 or fax 01394 388 219.
Doug Skidmore, 1 Rylands, Capel St Mary, Ipswich IP9 2XJ, tel 01473 310374.
Plans are now well advanced for members particularly in the south of the region to visit and observe the production areas of the Financial Times.
The visit will be supported by a presentation by a senior manager of the FT.
Venue to be announced. Please watch this journal space and your mail.
South West Region IMS members in South Wales are taking a full part in the activities of the 'Swansea and West Wales' quality forum Quality forums are a joint venture between the Wales Quality Centre and Post Brenhinol (The Royal Mail in Wales) and the IMS circulate details of all events to members in South Wales.
Dr Elwyn C Davies FMS, who is a member of the Swansea and West Wales Quality Forum's Committee reports:
Events are held at Various venues and the forthcoming Swansea and West Wales programme is:
25 June - Open forum with Vincent Kane (Chairman of the Wales Quality Centre)
27August - Customer Care
29 October - Quality in the Police Force
The meeting on 26 February was held in the Council Chamber at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's Penllergaer Civic Centre near the M4 north of Swansea. Bureau Veritas presented a paper on the Certification of Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001- EMAS.
The structure, specifications, commitment, planning implementation, checking and corrective action and review of the ISO 14001 environmental management system were reviewed. ISO 14001 provides a specification with guidance for use, while EMAS (European Council Regulation EEC No 1836/93) allows voluntary participation by companies in the industrial sector in a Community ECO-Management and Audit Scheme. A company with a ISO 14001 certificate can be verified to EMAS. It was noted that in the Netherlands and the UK certification to ISO 14001 is more common, while in Germany verification to EMAS is the norm. In the Asia/Pacific Region and the Americas certification to ISO 14001 is usual, while multinational companies may be involved with EMAS and/or ISO 14001 worldwide.
The paper concluded with a summary of the market, financial, legal strategic and ethical benefits of a sound environmental management system.
Further information on the Swansea and West Wales Quality Forum can be obtained from Dr Elwyn Davies (tel/fax 01792 369214).
North East Region
The North East Region is holding a Year 2000 Millennium Bug seminar on Tuesday 9 June 1998 at 7.00 pm. The venue is the same as in previous years although the name has changed from the Old Barn Hotel to the Angel View Hotel to cash in on the erection of a famous significantly large piece of three dimensional art near by.
With 19 months to go to the year 2000 larger organisations have started requiring assurances from customers and suppliers that their IT systems are Year 2000 Compliant. RSD an IT consultancy based in Sunderland will provide an overview of the Year 2000 date change problem. Seminar content: How the Year 2000 problem affects PCs and embedded systems
* How could it affect your business and the applications that you use.
* Strategies for assessing problem areas in your business and the risks posed by suppliers systems
* Practical ways to approach these problems
* Demonstration testing PCs for Year 2000 compliance
* Question and answer session
This event is sponsored by the North East Region of the IMS to give as many participants as possible the opportunity to gain information on the biggest computer problem this century. Entrance is free to IMS and non IMS members. Buffet provided.
To reserve places or for additional information contact Ian Moor on 0191 213 1400.
West Midlands Region
On Saturday 25 April, 14 members and their guests gathered in the restaurant on the large site that makes up the Cosford Royal Air Force Museum. After the recent poor weather the British climate had decided to become dry and sunny, so all assembled in good spirits.
The visit was the last in a varied programme arranged by the West Midlands region. Cosford is a venue that is of interest to people of all ages due to its varied exhibits and this was ably shown off by one of its volunteers, who showed us around the hangars that house the aircraft and associated items.
After that we walked along rows of aircraft parked around the hard areas before refreshing ourselves back in the restaurant. A cup of tea or coffee was exactly what was needed after a tour of some three hours, thank you Howard for all the information and amusing anecdotes.
The museum is situated alongside an active air base and one of our members is an acting member of the Air Force, he was able to join us and give us many experiences from his service career.
The museum first became active as a storage for exhibits from the museum at Hendon and after the number of exhibits grew, the staff of two began to open up to the public one Sunday in every month.
This has now extended to a year round display of exhibits and an air display each year.
Now the staff include 20 who help maintain the exhibits and a further three technical personnel who carry out maintenance. In addition there is a new conference facility with an extended restaurant and visitors centre opening soon, this illustrates the new roles that museums have as ideal venues for conferences with interest ing exhibits for those attending.
For further details contact Mandy Ryder on 01902 376200 or fax 01902 376211. The committee is now busy planning a new programme of events for the autumn and the spring of 1999. The annual region dinner will be taking place at The Gate Hangs Well on Friday 2 October, details and booking form to follow, next committee meeting on Saturday 3 October at the Boundary Hotel, Walsall.…