Last week I was able to spend some time with all of the CMI Regional Chairs along with the CMI Chief Executive Ann Francke. The discussion was all about how the CMI could better serve its members and stakeholders in the regions.
It was a lively and productive discussion and interesting to learn about how other regions face similar challenges to us in the South-West, particularly of course around the geographical challenges faced by an organisation that relies so much on events to bring members together. We also saw some excellent examples of best practice from both the East and West Midlands regions, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you have time, their Regional Pages are worth looking at to gain some ideas of how they tackle getting people together.
One thing that came through clearly was the interest in greater use of thematic groups. These could be special interest groups organised around themes of interest to members regardless of region. For example, the West Midlands Region has built a large community and knowledge around Diversity & Inclusion. I would like to be able to offer our members in the South-West the ability to join groups like this to share knowledge and experience as well as broaden individual networks. Let me know what themes you think we should focus on. The South-West needs to plug into the rest of the country to fulfil its potential - this could be a powerful way. Are there areas you think we could lead on?
Terry Corby CCMI
Chair, South West Regional Board