Last year was a success. We held seven events in 2011, all of which were well attended and highly regarded; in addition we arranged 3 visits to recently opened health buildings mostly outside London; in all, 4 events took place out of London; and 3 events specifically showcased international projects from places as far and wide as Brazil, Denmark, France, Spain, Netherlands, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Turkey.
We launched our new website and we had a stand showcasing members projects at 2 national conferences. Our membership numbers have increased, our database is in good order and equally importantly, members have paid their subscriptions. Our finances are in sound order.
We have a full calendar of events for 2012. We held a very exciting and successful Student Design Charette with London South Bank University and MARU in January. We visited South Bristol Community Hospital and are arranging to see more buildings in Wales this summer. We are planning joint events with other organisations including the London Arts for Health Forum, London Design Week, IHEEM, HEI and EUHPN.
Thanks to the Executive Committee Members and Director, Susan Francis, for making it all happen.
We would also like to thank 3 co-opted committee members who are standing down – Tim Peters, David McNeish and Richard Griffin. Roy Carroll, Claudia Bloom and Marissa Shek have been voted onto the Executive Committee for a three year term 2012-15. Carol Crane, Chris Shaw and Leslie Welch have been co-opted onto the committee for this year 2012. The appointment of Susan Francis as Director has been extended.
We are very grateful to Polyflor for continuing to provide corporate sponsorship. We received generous sponsorship from Mace for the 2012 Student Design Competition and are delighted that they have committed to sponsoring us again next year. Five architectural practices also sponsored the Student Design Charette. We are continuing to seek further sponsorship for our events programme.
John Cooper Chair AfH