September's AGM and Conference will mark the end of my two-year tenure as your President.
Representing the Institute and getting to know many of you during this time has been an extremely rewarding experience, and an opportunity I would recommend to any Member to accept. The time has flown by.
There are of course many colleagues I should thank, but for their time, patience and understanding, I do particularly want to thank Paul Bottomley, our Chairman, the two Johns (May and Masding) at the Journal, Alan Hey and, more recently, Jayne Woodhead, our past and present Secretaries. Their willingness to help is only matched by their enthusiasm to keep our Institute moving forward. They have my thanks and continued support.
Chris Windle will take over as President in September. Many of you will know Chris already, and know of his enthusiasm for the Institute. He will be an excellent President, and I wish him well in his new role.
For myself, I intend to stay involved in the Institute's activities at all levels, and contribute where I can. Having recently moved to the Wirral to work with ANH Refractories, I am also looking forward to being involved with the Northwest Branch, and it's 2011-2012 Winter Programme of meetings
Of course, this year sees our 50th Anniversary in November, which is being celebrated with a Dinner Dance event in Sheffield, at the Cutlers Hall.
Preparations are almost complete, and for the 300 attending it promises to be a memorable night. If you would like to attend please contact Jayne Woodhead quickly as there are now just a few tables left.
Once again, my thanks to you all for the past 2 years. I have greatly enjoyed the honour of being your President and look forward to seeing many of you at the Cutlers Hall in November.