The Society’s Annual Dinner 2018 took place last Thursday at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road with 1,348 guests in attendance. The flagship event is the largest of the year for professionals in the industry, the black tie evening offers members an excellent opportunity to network and meet colleagues working in their sector.
SCSI President Colin Bray made his address before dinner. He emphasised his passion for the profession, which has helped him travel globally, before outlining the three strategic pillars of his tenure – engaging with members, encouraging collaboration, and fostering innovation to help create a sustainable profession. He described the importance of member engagement and ensuring the views and input of members across all regions. He referred to the success of the regional roadshow SCSI undertook last year to five locations around the country – the first of its kind for SCSI. Secondly, he highlighted the importance of collaboration in the profession and called for members to ensure that they clearly understand and demonstrate how surveying disciplines work together. He referred to the recent report ‘The Real Cost of New Apartment Delivery’ as a great example of how SCSI can work effectively together for the public good. Finally, he encourage members to foster innovation and to actively pursue an agenda of technological and innovative work practices, which will free them to provide better, more relevant services to stakeholders and clients in the future.
Entertainment on the evening was provided by this year’s special guest, much loved Irish professional golfer and the first Irishman to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup side, Paul McGinley. Paul gave an inspiring speech, describing how his career has given him an insight into the importance of teamwork, overcoming obstacles and embracing innovation.
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to all guests who attended our Annual Dinner this year, and look forward to seeing you again next year.
Our thanks to our main sponsor, Bank of Ireland and supporting sponsors Irish Independent Newspapers and Eugene F Collins Solicitors.