The following ideas are those of HCNW's Chair:
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.
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.
Regions connect real people with real people and remove barriers. Because friendships and mentoring often crystallise in the regions which outlast a job, a role or location.