Executive Chairman's March Update

Update from the Executive Chairman           
I’m back to work at The IFT following my trip to India and it’s all systems go.

Key updates are:
Membership – Thank you to all who have renewed membership for 2017. There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback in support of the direction we are now headed. I do not underestimate what still needs to be delivered but it is good to have endorsement.
A reminder to all those who haven’t renewed, we intend to complete this process by the end of March at which point, any unpaid memberships will be closed.

Members’ Meetings – Very successful members’ meetings have run across each region this year so far.
The sold out Midlands meeting had a fantastic array of speakers and engaged delegates. Additionally, the West and Wales meeting was very well attended despite the wrath of Storm Doris! Steve Benger led the North meeting mid Feb, discussing what IFT can do for the Public Sector and vice versa. The ‘Headwinds for Business’ event at BDO last Tuesday was very lively - we had over 70 delegates booked on and it was good to see so many of your faces.
I have been receiving great feedback regarding the follow up articles which are distributed post event, and am very impressed with this success across the regions.

Annual Events – Our National Conference, 2nd June PwC, is already selling well and we have just released news of our headline speakers, Andrew Sentance and Neil Sherlock. The agenda is coming together and we will focus this year on a more engaging programme.
More details to follow in future updates and flyers, I would urge you to book as soon as possible as concessions are available by calling the office direct: 0203 668 0424
23rd November - Save the date for the Annual Awards ceremony, tickets on sale later this month and Awards Submissions will open after the Easter break.

100-day plan – We are coming to the end of our initial plan and Duncan and I will present our progress to the board with a new set of actions which will take us to the end of June. Following this, I will share these with you.

Corporate Partners – We are successfully working to strengthen relationships with all corporate partners and making progress going forward.
I presented at the HSBC LMU conference yesterday on what The IFT can do to support HSBC and their customers. This was a great opportunity to highlight the value of The IFT; our members’ skills and as an organisation.

HM Consultation on Revised Insolvency Processes – As many of you will know, this consultation took place last summer when IFT was undergoing a ‘changing of the guard’ so there was no formal submission at that point. However, we attended a meeting with the relevant civil servants late last year and they are still open to representation. A small working party has been set up to monitor developments. Please let us know if you would like to be connected to the working group.

Graham Rusling
Executive Chairman