Changing of the Guard at NASC AGM
Incoming NASC President Lynn Way outlined the main objectives of her Presidency at the NASC AGM at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Friday 22 November.
Mrs Way, Company Secretary and Finance Director of Chris Sedgemen Scaffolding Ltd, said she was keen to build upon the work of her predecessors, further growing the NASC’s profile both domestically and abroad.
Following a brief inauguration ceremony in which she received the official NASC Presidential chain of office from the outgoing president, TRAD UK CEO Des Moore, Mrs Way said: “Every President has their own objectives that they feel will help the industry.
“I would like to progress the objectives of the previous presidents; continuing to encourage women into senior positions in the industry and the NASC, help with mental health issues and expand the NASC nationally as well as internationally.
“My main new objective is to have the scaffolding sector recognised as an industry open to ex-military personnel for repatriation to civilian life. We have been developing relationships with various charitable partners linked with the Ministry of Defence, including Buildforce UK, After the Military and the Careers Transition Partnership.
“The NASC has also recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This demonstrates the commitment that the NASC has to supporting the armed forces.
“My second objective is to encourage the employment of former servicemen by NASC members and to this end the NASC has created a £150,000 fund dedicated to the training of ex-Forces personnel.”
During her speech, Mrs Way also unveiled plans to focus on recruitment, increase mental health training – supported by the creation of a new dedicated funding pot open to all NASC members – and broaden the NASC’s digital offering, including the launch of a new careers website.
Outgoing president Des Moore said he was satisfied that he has made headway on his four pledges and called for members to rally together in the face of continued uncertainty around Brexit and the General Election.
“I’d really like to see a continued effort from all members to work together,” he said. “There is still work to do in improving the perception of the NASC across the industry. There is a huge opportunity here for us all – whatever size your business.
“The NASC is here for every single member – whether you are a big multi-disciplinary firm or an SME. Instead of viewing each other as competitors, we should be more collaborative – working together for the good of the industry in general. That is what the NASC is for and I would urge you to take a step back, think about the wider issues and support the work of this organisation wherever and however you can.
“Finally, I want to say that being your President has been an incredible experience in many ways. One of the very best things about my time here has been the people and the support I’ve had from the NASC team, and from some members who are also my major competitors.
“Thank you all for your support and help along the way. I know you will do the same for Lynn as she takes on the President’s role, and I look forward to being part of the NASC – as an engaged and collaborative member and backbencher – in the years to come.”