2 November 2020
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Dear institutional and business partner colleagues,
As my feet begin to touch the ground after a month in the President’s chair, I have been pondering the past year, and admiring the resilience throughout adversity, that all members across our institutions have displayed. From terrorist attacks in NZ, natural disasters across Australia, an evolving and tumultuous global political scene and of course the pandemic which has stunned the world, our collective constant has been the commitment of our people within our teams striving to achieve safe, compliant and welcoming environments. Our people have continued to show up in force, en masse and deliver largely what the rest of the world hasn’t been able to – successfully preserving environments where learning has largely continued, and providing supporting settings for researchers who are endeavouring to change the world.
These ‘people’ are our TEFMA members. They are our inspirational ‘institutional members’, being the leaders of our teams in each institutional environment. They are the ‘associate and affiliate members’ who make up the majority of the brains within our teams, who are on the ground innovating, directing and changing the way our institutions operate through in-house managed functions and contract management means. And they are also our ‘business partners’, the workforce who delivers projects, aids in planning and continues to operate within our environments despite the challenges to our work and personal lives that we all face. All of these TEFMA members are large reasons as to why our institutions are successful, they are all groups whom we engage and network with, whom we learn from, who we encourage, provoke and respond to as we operate and manage the complex environments we so eagerly awake to face every day. TEFMA members are inspiring.
And so, I find myself in awe of many people I find myself able to associate and engage with. Especially those leaders who also put their hands up despite heavy workloads, in such trying times, who are willing, competent, and able, who wish to help drive further improvement and success for our sector. Our TEFMA Board has recently farewelled Iona Beauly (USC), Chris Hewison (RMIT) and our immediate past president Wayne Millar (CSU) in the last month. For their efforts and contributions over their years on the board, I say thank you, on behalf of all TEFMA members. You have all sought to improve the educational offerings, the sector leading benchmark survey, our membership benefits and the engagement of TEFMA within our sector.
Our current board is made up of Trevor Humphreys (UWA); Hilary Kavanagh (JCU); Emmett Mackle (UoA); Jon Peacock (UoM); Kathleen Packer (UoW); Matt Smith (UTAS); Dominic Marafioti (UniSA), Nicole Eaton (RMIT); and Jo Riley (Deakin Uni). The Board will again be supported by Bree Blackwell (Secretariat) and our Executive Officer, Rob Beck who was appointed at the start of 2020. I thank these individuals and their institutions for their upcoming commitment and support to continuing the strategic objectives of TEFMA.
Fresh from looking behind us, I now look forward to the year ahead. Our committees have been set for the next 12 months, and you will soon see opportunities to engage and be a part of the success of our network. We have participated in 2 global webinars in the last 6 weeks with our sister associations in the UK, US and Southern Africa, with the webinars available on our website. Our website calendar is continuing to be a hit and we will deliver more content to meet your needs. We are looking to pivot our educational offerings due to the pandemic, with the introduction of regional round table discussions led by our Educational Partner GJK, at least until we can offer our workshops in person again. Planning for the 2021 TEMC is in full swing with our ATEM partners. Our sector leading guidelines are almost ready to publish and we are putting together an online Directors Forum for the first time toward the end of this month. Our 2020 award and scholarship winners will be announced very shortly and our team are seeking to enhance our communications through online means and wish to enable cross sector conversations to improve your access to resources and best practice. We will seek to facilitate connections with worthy business partners who support our sector and provide opportunities to continue the cycle of improvement, albeit in a ‘new normal’ environment. And we will achieve all this whilst also further promoting improvements to our governance and financial security for generations of TEFMA members ahead of us.
In short, I am excited. Our board is ready to engage and deliver in volumes. We wish to connect and we wish to hear from you. We hope that you not only join us on our journey, but you will all also participate, and be a part of our community. Please encourage your colleagues to join, and share the benefits with the vendors you engage with on a daily basis. Put your hand up to be a part of this sector leading association and lets all lead us higher and further than we may currently believe we can achieve. Our minds are only the start of our foray into the future, and as I open mine, I hope to see you there with me as we make waves and step forward into the unknown.
Please direct all enquiries to the TEFMA Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
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