The Institute of Roofing met for its AGM in London last week, to report on its previous year’s activity to the 40 attendees and to look forward to further expanding and developing its offer to its 1,348 members as well as the industry at large.
CEO, Matthew Fry outlined the Institute (IoR)’s new Five Day Associate Member course, now underway in South Wales, with another course about to start in the North West. The course was successfully piloted last year with 21 students from Sika and has been revised and updated to reflect industry’s needs and roofing business priorities.
Board member, Kay Rose of Eagleview, congratulated the Institute’s two Students of the Year: Phil Wheeler, AIoR from Sika, and Gary Yelland from Single Ply Structures Ltd.
The IoR continues to offer free online courses to members, such as Health & Safety and Business Skills Development. Also seeing growth is its Member Benefits program with discounts and offers across a range of goods and services.
Other activity has included a significant upturn in social media presence and interaction, the launch of a new website and development of branded merchandise.
The organisation is in the process of developing a long-term strategy and as part of this welcomed to the meeting new co-opted board members: Cathie Clark MIoR, CEO of the Single Ply Roofing Association, Sarah Spink MIoR, CEO of the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association and Steve Cookson FIoR, Technical Director at HD Sharman Ltd.
To help in developing the strategy, the IoR has planned market research and is revising its constitution and byelaws to become “more in tune with current industry practices”. It’s also inviting members’ views, to be fed back early in 2019.
The meeting closed with a keynote talk from Jon Vanstone, RoofCERT Delivery Director on the progress being made in formulating the proposed national roofing accreditation scheme.
Jon invited the audience to join the 200 or so businesses that have already pledged their support for RoofCERT and to collaborate as an industry to support the RoofCERT goals. Registration for RoofCERT will start early next year with an aim of recruiting at least 5,000 RoofCERT members by 2021.
Jon explained that next week a meeting takes place with government to get backing for RoofCERT on public contracts. The industry supply chain, including architects, surveyors and builders are being briefed on RoofCERT as well as finance providers, and organisations such as Trustmark and Checkatrade are being consulted in raising consumer awareness, as is Google.
The Institute’s meeting closed with lunch and comedy entertainment.