23 March 2020
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Since transitioning into the President’s role in October last year I cannot recall a time when the sector, nation and individuals have been tested to the level that we are now experiencing. Starting with the drought which resulted in severe water restrictions and the threat of major regional cities and towns running out of water; the disastrous bushfires which seemed they would never end; extreme weather events with heavy rain, hail and high winds causing extensive damage and hindering the bushfire recovery process; and now we have simply rolled into the current global COVID-19 crisis which I am sure is consuming most of your time at the moment as Australasia moves into unprecedented times.
I know that many of our members, staff, students and our communities suffered greatly as a result of the fires and storms. My thoughts are with all of you who have been affected, especially those who have lost relatives, friends or homes. We can all be immensely proud of the efforts that staff have made to support people affected by these extreme events and the professionalism that has been very evident as we have geared up to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Board’s Response to COVID-19
As a result of the rapidly changing state of play associated with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has had to make some understandable but disappointing calls:
In addition to the planning associated with some of the postponed events, the Board is looking to think outside the box to ensure our members and business partners continue to receive great value over the next 6 months while we cannot meet face to face. This includes:
The Next Big Thing!
I would like to foreshadow a significant change proposal that will come forward for consideration at the next AGM. The recommendations will focus on refreshing TEFMA’s governance and organisational structure on the back of TEFMA’s new strategic direction, value proposition and the outcome of the AICD review. To socialise these recommendations, we are making plans to host an online forum for I.M’s prior to the AGM.
On behalf of the Board and members I would like to acknowledge the great work by the Sustainability Workshop Local Organising Committee (LOC) that was led by Kathleen Packer. I also acknowledge the Brisbane TEMC LOC led by Geoff Dennis. I know both LOC’s would be disappointed with the need to cancel and postpone these events but your efforts are greatly appreciated.
I would like to welcome Rob Beck who has recently been appointed as TEFMA’s Executive Officer. Rob has extensive experience as an EO for NFP associations and his skills will be very valuable as the Board works its way through the AICD review and recommendations.
We have welcomed a number of new business partners since October including:
We also thank our existing business partners for renewing their membership.
Our Vice President Mhairi Donohoe has resigned her position on the Board and we wish Mhairi all the very best in the future. Mhairi made a valuable contribution across several fronts in her time on the Board, including as Chair of the Educational Services Committee and will be missed.
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