Future Leaders

FLP Cohort 3 just prior to their AGM presentation to the BVAA membership

FLP Cohort 2 part-way through their reunion ‘yomp’ across the Yorkshire moors

FLP Cohort 1 with past chairman David Millar

Dr Martin Haigh MBE receives his BVAA Champion award from Chairman Colin Findlay

Future Leaders Cohort 3 presenting at the BVAA AGM
The culmination of FLP3’s year was once again the key note address to the massed ranks of BVAA members, at the November 2018 Annual General Meetings. At the beginning of the year it’s fair to say we had some quivering wrecks on the Presentation Skills development session. The contrast between February and November could not have been more pronounced however, and the cohort absolutely smashed the presentation with a truly consummate and professional presentation. You can view it on the BVAA YouTube channel.

We are indebted to all the members who contribute to make this programme the success it has become, but special mention must be made of BVAA’s Development Consultant, Dr Martin Haigh MBE (Lattitude7) who’s tireless work was recognised this year with a BVAA Champion Award at our annual dinner dance.

We recently reached the culmination of the BVAA Future Leaders Programme, Cohort 3.

However, as a continuous development based-programme, it never really ends, as long as the alumni remain in the industry. BVAA also deliberately encourages reunions and joint events between the groups, to foster the high levels of co-operation that run through the British valve industry.

Three years in, and after three very different cohorts and everextended programmes, plus also having crossed now into delivering the programme exclusively to millennials, we are reviewing the content and intake procedures in order to maintain and improve the quality of programme and delegates alike.

Regular readers will be aware that this fantastic programme encompasses a now extended and very comprehensive personal development programme.

But there is also free technical training from the BVAA (with a lifelong discount thereafter), a series of ‘hosted’ days at members’ premises (best practice/product awareness/knowledge sharing/ benchmarking etc.) as well as customised visits to industrial centres of excellence and opportunities for a mentoring qualification. This year that included for the first time a visit to an oil refinery at Stanlow, a hyperbaric testing facility tour and a visit to Heysham nuclear power station.

The networking opportunities offered up to the cohort by attending – often gratis – BVAA’s other events has also opened up their world and given them a whole new world of contacts and friends across the industry.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 48

Winter 2019 // Issue 51
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