RISCAuthority at work - October 2016
Dr Jim Glockling looks ahead to this month’s London seminar and the various communication channels now available to improve interaction with members
AT THE time of writing, more than 150 members have signed up to our London Seminar to be held at the Royal College of Surgeons on Monday, 17 October. This event looks set to be the most well supported seminar we’ve ever held, exceeding last year’s record attendance at the Chartered Insurance Institute where full capacity was reached.
The recent surge in support for our seminars, including those held in Manchester, is very encouraging and testament to the work that is done putting together a relevant and topical line-up of topics and expert speakers. While it would be remiss of me to pick out just one highlight of what promises to be an excellent day of thought-provoking debate and networking, I am delighted that we were able to secure London fire commissioner Ron Dobson CBE to open proceedings. Ron’s presentation will look at the crucial role London Fire Brigade has in the planning, enforcement, protection and evacuation of London’s tallest structures.
After lunch, a ground-breaking thatch research workshop will take place, reporting on a NFU Mutual, Historic England and FPA collaboration identifying the prevalent causes of thatch fires and suitable mitigation measures. This workshop is again free to attend and has been opened up to a wider audience to include heritage and conservation groups, fire and rescue services and specialist thatch organisations.
The full programme and speaker line-up for London can be found on the RISCAuthority website, www.riscauthority.co.uk, along with a booking form, so it’s still not too late to add your name to the list of attendees. Bookings will close on 12 October.
A key factor behind the increasing support of our seminars has been the hugely successful uptake of our other communication initiatives, principally our series of monthly webinars. Since launching back in November 2015, over 2,000 members have tuned in to the live presentations with hundreds more accessing recordings online. The feedback provided by members has been excellent and the dates of our next scheduled webinars are available on the website.
One outcome of the webinars has been successfully attracting a wider audience within member companies, which has led to a rise in the number of employees registering for a web account – fundamental to receiving our future updates and event invitations. Back in mid-September, the last edition of our quarterly e-newsletter was sent to more than 2,100 registered member accounts, achieving an open rate of over 30%. Our website and sister blog site continue to show increases in visitors and usage. As a mix, all these channels are proving to be essential in raising awareness and understanding among our membership.
Behind the scenes, significant effort continues in working with individual member companies to ensure that the lists of their employees who can to access the scheme’s benefits remain accurate and relevant.
As audiences and demand for our seminars, digital events and outputs increase, we still seek direct meetings with our members, delivering a bespoke update to ensure the scheme remains in touch and of relevance to their business. From face-to-face meetings to speaking at internal conferences and events, we are happy to deliver presentations on any relevant subject and seek to support our members in any way possible in promoting the scheme internally and externally.
I look forward to meeting as many members as possible on 17 October.
Dr Jim Glockling is technical director of the FPA and director of RISCAuthority