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www.ireng.org GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT Dear Members Happy New year to you all.


It seems a long time since the turn of the year, but we have made a lot of changes which include:


A new website, following issues with our domain we were forced to make changes and introduce our new website following comments made in our recent survey, this is not yet the finished article and bits still have to be added, we are looking at what we make available to non-members and what is just for members, this will still take a few months.


We are changing the buyers guide so that advertisers will also be included on the website to replace the e-directory.


The journal can now be supplied in a form to be read on a tablet, overseas members will be asked if they want to receive a hard copy or electronic version. The electronic version saves the cost of postage which is in the excess of £3 per journal to some countries. There is no cost saving with the actual printing and we need to produce hard copies to produce the electronic version. I will need email addresses so if you have not supplied me with your email contacts please do so, I currently have email contacts for about 50% of members.


It is the time of year when I send out membership invoices and again if I can send them by email it saves the Institute the postage but they need to be sent this way to enable invoices to be paid via sage pay.


Following a successful conference and training day we have started planning for next year as you will have seen on the front cover of the journal, the conference will be based on refractories used in the petrochemical industry, the training day will cover many topics but will concentrate on thermal shock. This year the conference will be organised by our President (Jan Theron) and Senior Vice President (Katy Moss) along with support from myself and the exec.


We have decided to have a change of venue, this year it will be at the Aston Hall Hotel, which is just off junction 31 of the M1. Last year we had several issues at Tankersley Manor most of which were caused by the hotel being sold to another hotel chain the day after our event.


We are also looking to have another Gala Ball to be held at the end of November 2021 sixty years after the formation of the Institute, we would also be holding this at Aston Hall anyone wanting to reserve tickets or rooms for this please contact me. It is never too early to book.


There is a write-up of the conference and training day elsewhere in this journal. It was another successful event but if anyone has any new ideas of changes we could make please contact me.


We did experiment with filming/streaming the event and we think we would be able to make this available to overseas branches or even the website, next year we will ask the speakers permission to make the event more public should we wish to do so.


The minutes from the AGM held in November are also printed in this journal.


We held a council meeting on the 14th January at Aston Hall so that we could inspect the hotel's suitability as a venue to hold our next conference and the Gala Ball. We were all impressed hence we booked the venue.


We appointed a sub-committee to carry on with work on the website.


It was also decided that the Institute would run a golf day in June. Chris Windle and Paul Bottomley will make the arrangements and will approach Wortley golf course ASAP. The event would be slightly different to previous years we are looking for a shot gun start to enable star and finish for all to be at a similar time, to avoid the waiting, the event would be based on 18 holes, so no lunch break.


Jayne Woodhead


General Secretary & Treasurer Institute of Refractories Engineers


General Secretary’s Report


January 2019 Issue


ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES


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