10 ATJULY- AUGUST2010 ELECTION Vice- President Technical - Denise Germaine MCIAT I am 64 years old and a native of Dublin, Ireland. I am married with no children. I have been a member of CIAT since 1987, when the Republic of Ireland Centre was established. I held the office of Honorary Secretary of the Republic of Ireland Centre for thirteen years, until December 2000, when I took over as Councillor for the Republic of Ireland Centre, an office I held until November 2008. In November 2008, I was elected as Chairman of the Republic of Ireland Centre Committee and have held this office since. I am also a member of the Republic of Ireland Centre's Technical Committee, which meets monthly to review technical and legislative issues and publish information for Irish members in Architectural Technology. This Committee also carries out research and makes submissions on draft legislation to the Irish government. During my term of office as Councillor, I was elected by Council onto the Conduct Committee of CIAT. This experience has given me a real insight into those technical and legislative issues which often lead our members into difficulties in their professional life. I have been a ministerial appointee on the Republic of Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Body since 1989. This body consists of representatives of the various professions and disciplines in the construction industry and advises the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on the content and control of the Building Regulations in Ireland as well as other relevant issues. I have been registered as an architect in Ireland since 2009. Upon the enactment of architectural registration legislation in Ireland, I was admitted as a full member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland ( RIAI). However, I have elected to maintain my membership of CIAT, as I have now, in effect, two qualifications- that of Chartered Architectural Technologist and that of architect. I have recently been appointed to the Technical Assessment Board of the RIAI, which is the architectural registration body in Ireland. I will be involved in assessing candidates for registration, who do not possess an academic qualification. Honorary Treasurer - Robert Kay MBE PPBIAT MCIAT I am pleased to accept the nomination for re- election to the position of Honorary Treasurer to our Institute. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Regional Committee for their nomination. I have served on Council for almost 22 years, the Executive Board since its inception and served as Honorary Treasurer for the past six years. I am a Past President of the Institute, Past Chairman of ATSL, a present Director of ATSL and a member of the Finance Committee for the past 22 years. Since being a member of Council in the late 1980s, I have seen the financial state of the Institute vary from one extreme to another ie from near bankruptcy in the early nineties to our present very healthy financial position in 2010. The continuing healthy financial state of the Institute is despite the recession going on around us and is due in the main to careful consideration and monitoring of the budgets over the last two years, the prudence exercised by the Chief Executive and staff together with the continuing increase in members joining the Institute. I have now retired from full time employment, after almost 50 years in the architectural profession, and am therefore finding increased time to devote to the affairs of the Institute and to various committees associated with building projects within the Church of Ireland both in Belfast and Dublin. I am thoroughly enjoying my retirement from working in the architectural profession and wish to continue my involvement in the Institute. I would therefore consider it a privilege to be re- elected as Honorary Treasurer of CIAT.
ATJULY- AUGUST2010 11 ELECTION Vice- President Technical - Andrew Scott MCIAT I welcome my nomination for this post and hope to provide the necessary information to allow me to be considered for the post. I am pleased to have been nominated for a further term as Vice- President Technical, a position I consider to be an honour and privilege to hold. I am a Director of an architectural and building services practice having previously been an Associate with a larger multi-disciplinary practice. The practice undertakes work for private clients, local authorities and housing associations, with projects for the disabled being one of our main sources of work. I work and live in Edinburgh and have been involved at Regional level for over twenty years, having served as CPD Officer, Chairman and Regional Councillor ( six years). I was a Councillor Representative for three years when the Executive Board was first introduced. I served on the Technical Committee for six years and subsequently the Practice Committee following the implementation of the joint meetings and the introduction of the Taskforces. In that time I have been part of the process that has reviewed and monitored the Institute's CPD scheme, Award for Technical Excellence and the introduction of the Gold Award. Prior to accepting my current post, I served on the Institute's Special Issues Taskforce, championing issues relating to disabled access. As Vice- President Technical, I chair the Projects Taskforce and having previously served on the Special Issues Taskforce, I believe that the Taskforces are one of the Institute's greatest assets. Members with specialist knowledge should be actively encouraged to participate as this will benefit the Institute and ultimately benefit the profile of Architectural Technology. There is an ever- increasing volume of new legislation that is cascading onto the practising Architectural Technology professional that requires assessment, debate and responses, which is dealt with by Taskforces and corresponding members who provide comments and information. This in turn is managed by the Practice Department that provides a service that belies its size. Robust technical responses, be it in our reaction to legislation, our Awards schemes or our provision of information to members and the building profession can only strengthen the Institute. An increasing number of responses are being prepared in conjunction with other technical institutes. During my time as Vice- President Technical, the good relations with external organisations has grown allowing us to exchange ideas with others in the industry and provide practical guidance and information, as well as being in a position to have the Institute's view accepted, thereby creating a better environment for our members. An example of this is the Technical Taskforce, now in its third year, which consists of CIAT, BRE and RIBA. Some useful information notes have been produced, with more in the pipeline. It is hoped that the new coalition Government will continue the work outlined in the implementation plan of the future of Building Control proposing a more sensible approach to how the regulations are amended in England, it is therefore important that the Institute is able to express its opinions and concerns regarding any new legislation. For the past four years, I have been Chairman of the judging panel for the Technical Excellence and Alan King Awards, and have been impressed with the quality and standard of submissions. The presentations and subsequent site visits to present the plaques have all assisted in increasing the Institute's profile. As my current term as Vice- President Technical comes to an end, I would welcome re- election to this post to allow me to continue the development of the Institute's technical activities. For several years I have acted as a membership assessor for CIAT. In my professional life, following a long and varied career with several practices in Ireland and New Zealand, I was employed for over six years with the architectural practice of Campbell Conroy Hickey Partnership, where I was a senior project architect with responsibility for multi-million Euro projects. Upon being made redundant in January 2010, I set up my own private practice, specialising in disabled access design and auditing. My particular areas of expertise are the Building Regulations, fire safety certification, disabled access design and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work ( Construction) Regulations as well as contract administration and defects liability monitoring. I have successfully undergone Lloyds Register Quality Assurance training and was Quality Assurance Manager/ Auditor for BDP ( Dublin) during my time with that firm. I have been involved in many professional level contacts and liaison with Irish government to influence changes in legislation etc. affecting our members in Ireland. I am hoping to widen my experience to encompass the Institute as a whole.