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Downes, Harry, Management Services


From the Chairman Harry Downes

Hard Times

I find it very difficult to write my chairman's report following the atrocities of September 11th in New York and Washington, where so many innocent people, going about their normal daily routine, lost their lives.

The images of the recent tragic events in America will, I am sure, have shocked and appalled you all.

My thoughts are with David Sword and his family. David, a Fellow of the Institute, lost his 29 year old son Jeremy, in one of the twin towers. David worked for the NHS in Scotland and served for many years on the board of the Health Services Specialist Group - including four years as group chairman. His son Jeremy had recently announced his engagement and was busy planning his future life. So sad.

And the Swords are not the only ones who will suffer the `knock-on' of this tragedy.

The cost of these unprecedented terrorist attacks are not only being measured in terms of the dreadful loss of human life and the destruction of property, but also on the impact that it has had on the world's financial markets. As I write this the uncertainty, surrounding a possible military response continues, and markets remain highly volatile. Lloyds of London estimate that as a direct result of the September 11th events insurance losses could be up to $50 billion and job losses in the aeronautical industry alone are catastrophic.

Productivity pales into insignificance against this back-drop - but does it? The major airline carriers have grounded their aircraft, cancelled flights and made thousands of their staff redundant in order to reduce their losses. The budget airlines have adopted a different approach - their management have seen an opportunity, have made a strategic decision to increase their passenger numbers and cash flow in order to sustain/increase their financial targets by dramatically reducing their fares.

This should have been an up-beat report following our move from Enfield to Lichfield. Instead we have been dogged by further bad news.

Les Allsopp, a Council Member, Secretary and board member of the West Midland Region and a leading figure on the IMSCON specialist group board suddenly passed away on Friday 21st September. Our deepest condolences go to his wife and family. (An obituary appears opposite.)

Better Times

But we are getting there. The `Education Project Group' met with our education providers to discuss and move forward proposals for the updating and repackaging of the IMS educational/training portfolio. The meeting proved to be very productive and a package of proposals will be placed before Council for their approval to proceed. My thanks to everyone involved for their input and enthusiasm.

Annual General Meeting

The Institute's 36th AGM was held at Stowe House, Netherstowe, Lichfield on Friday 5th October. Before moving to business a tribute was paid to Les Allsopp, a long standing Council member, who died at the end of September. It was confirmed that a quorum was present and with Harry Downes in the chair, the meeting approved the following resolutions.

Resolution 1

To approve the annual report and accounts for 2000.

Resolution 2

To approve the increase in membership subscriptions rates for 2002.

(Membership subscriptions for 2002 will be L96.00 for all members within the European Union (including the UK), L48.00 for members unemployed at January 1st 2002 and retired (from age 60 +), L72 for overseas members and L48.00 for full-time students taking IMS courses. A discount rate of L48.00 will also apply to members from designated `special promotion' counties overseas.

Resolution 3

To receive the results of the recent Council elections. The following members were elected to serve on Council of Management.

Les Allsopp John Heap

David Blanchflower John Hopkinson

Graham Briscoe John Lucey

Harry Downes Dennis Whitmore

Resolution 4

To re-appoint Leftley Rowe and Company as auditors for the Institute accounts for the current financial year. …

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