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3 October 2015: Survey - with Raffle Prizes

The HCNW Membership Survey

CIBSE HCNW has a membership survey - with seven Rumford Club dinner tickets as the raffle prizes. You could win (see T&Cs) a ticket to the 15 October Dinner simply by completing the survey:


HCNW is grateful to CIBSE Journal for publishing an article supporting the Regions in general, and as a starter for answers to the tiebreaker question (the raffle will be drawn by the President) our Chair has provided his own personal ideas on why CIBSE regions are important.

"...As a CIBSE Member, you’ll belong to one of the 19 Regions around the world.  The cost is a tiny proportion of a Member subscription. Run by dedicated volunteers, Regions deliver seminars, visits, networking, sponsors and referees, informal mentoring for applications, a forum for advice - a furnace for new technical ideas.

Wherever you are, you’ll share knowledge and need local connections. Every Region has a dynamic personality, brought by elected volunteers, who act as representatives too.

CIBSE’s Regions have always been diverse, cyclical communities of practice - a kaleidoscope of specialist opinion, knowledge, training and experience. Many are keen to serve a larger proportion of CIBSE Members in their territory, to attract other disciplines and even the general public.

Adapting, some Regions lead on emerging issues affecting the art and science of building services engineering alongside the technical reviews and regulations – and sometimes that can be one step ahead of the game.

Today’s Regions are less stately, lighter, eager to present an  inclusive, faster-acting welcome – no stereotyping, less ice-breaking. Drawing upon our networking skills, person-to-person exchanges at regional events don’t compete with social media, but they do offer a sense of belonging and identity in a professional community.

It’s your Region. So why miss out ? You can influence the programme too at the annual general meetings. In fact, why not volunteer ? Staying the elected term requires commitment, but we often hear leading figures talk about good times on Region committees.

Regions connect real people with real people and remove barriers. Friendships and mentoring often crystallise which outlast a job, a role or location. Of course, the communities which form are natural enough in a professional membership organisation, but these are also great rewards for any CIBSE Member."