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President's Report - December, 2021

Posted on : Thursday, 23 December 2021

Dear members,


On behalf of the Board and staff at FPA Australia, I want to wish all of our members and supporters the compliments of the season. 


The new Board is working hard on its strategy for 2022 and we hope to catch up with you at a face-to-face event in the new year. 


This year we have nine board members: 


  • four continuing directors:  me (President), Patrick Conway (Vice-President), Rob Broadhead, and Russell Porteous;
  • two new directors:  Michael Donegan and Mark Potter; and
  • three co-opted directors:  John Lynch, Yvonne Pengilly, and Stuart Yarnall. 


The Board is supported by our Company Secretary, Edna Coetzee. 


Patrick and I are honoured to have been elected to lead the Association, and we are strongly committed to delivering tangible results for FPA Australia and its members. 


The Association has a lot of potential, and has an opportunity to build upon the successes of the last 12 months. 


With the restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic now ending, FPA Australia is anticipating a return to more in-person events, stronger advocacy, better technical support, expanded training programs, and further improvements to our accreditation schemes and customer service. 


Although we are still growing, the Board and team want to make sure that the industry's needs and concerns are always being heard and addressed, so that there is a value to belonging.  


We know that our members are busy people and recognise that red tape can be frustrating and unnecessary, so will continue to focus on making your lives simpler and less bureaucratic. 


To keep you informed about our progress, I hope to hold a podcast in the first quarter of the year, so keep your eyes peeled on FireSignals for the link! 


In the meantime, the Board and I wish you all a peaceful holiday and a happy and successful 2022, and look forward to seeing you in the new year. 


Kind regards,


Bob Grieve