Blog: All change for 2016 at CIH Scotland
Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland, explains what the organisation’s structural changes mean for members in Scotland.
After nearly a year at CIH Scotland, I am so pleased to have finalised my big task: a review of the services and teams across the CIH devolved nations offices, which includes the implementation of a new structure in Scotland as of 1st January.
Twenty percent of CIH members are based in the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland which is a significant amount in proportion to population. My role is to ensure that the context and environment in which our members work is understood across the whole of the organisation and that our services are relevant to each nation and their social, economic and political environment.
The aim of the review and my remit is to ensure that our members have great learning opportunities, a sense of community and support based on shared values, and also, very importantly, a strong voice in advocacy and influencing at a political level.
So as part of this review we have made some key changes to the organisation’s structure in Scotland. This includes the appointment of Marian Reid as deputy director. Marian is well known in the sector and has been working as CIH Scotland’s head of operations but will move to take more of a lead on policy and planning. Though I am based in and work primarily in Scotland, my remit covers the other devolved nations and the Republic of Ireland as well as leadership activities for CIH UK wide, so it is fantastic to know that Marian can focus fully on the best possible services for Scotland every day.
Mark Reid will now be professional standards manager, working on the delivery of a suite of qualifications as part of the new CIH Academy. Rachel Marr will become operations manager and Greig Porter remains as conference and events manager and is busy working on the new look CIH Conference 1st and 2nd March. There is a new policy and practice co-ordinator role for Susanne Webster and a new team of customer services coordinators in the form of Isla Macdonald and Diana Taseva who will be ensuring that we stay in touch with members.
The new structure is designed to focus on what matters most - providing great services to our members and being a strong voice for the sector in policy influencing. We hope to be able to deliver more on good practice, a wider range of learning opportunities and ensure that we are visible and supportive to our members.
You can find a full list of roles and contact details for the CIH Scotland team here.