Reflections on my First 3 Months as INCA Manager

Anna Wesson, INCA Manager

During the last three months as INCA Manager, it has been a busy time at the Trade Association. I have learned a lot about EWI, and I am looking forward to a busy New Year.

The INCA Awards

I was fortunate enough to join INCA just before the Awards in October. As the jewel in the INCA crown, it was the best possible way to get amongst our members and understand more about what INCA means to them. What I learned is that the EWI sector is run by passionate people, who have seen a storm or two, and know how to weather them.

Meeting Stakeholders

Alongside talking to members (which Mitch Gee and I have been doing recently), engaging with stakeholders has been a priority. We have been liaising with the Industry Response Group who are looking into the fire at Grenfell Tower. We know that the fire has had a huge impact on the industry, and we are keen to work with those investigating the way that construction responds. Other stakeholders we have been meeting include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA). The potential for INCA to influence and develop existing relationships is exciting, and something we will continue to focus on as we go into 2018.

Working with Build UK

You may know that INCA is a member of Build UK. This is a critical relationship, and one that gives INCA a much stronger voice in the construction sector than it would otherwise have. For instance, Build UK is working to eliminate retentions by 2023, a project which will no doubt impact many INCA members. In another work stream, Build UK is addressing some of the issues of pre-qualification, and putting a more robust, simplified model in its place. Being part of Build UK doubtless makes INCA stronger, and INCA can contribute to its work for the benefit of members.

Growth for 2018

As we get into the last month of 2017, I want to share with you how excited I am for the next 12 months. The potential for INCA to grow in strength and reputation is enormous. Our strategy for that time period will go before the Board for discussion later this month, and when it is finalised, it will be shared with all our members.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to discuss the benefits of membership, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.