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Welcome to 2021 and a happy New Year to you. Although some members enjoyed a successful trading year, 2020 is best forgotten and consigned to the history books in my opinion. Having said that, at the time of writing the number of cases of COVID-19 in the UK (and elsewhere) are surging again. So, the coming few months pre vaccines remain uncertain. I have no plans to travel internationally this year. Anyway, I hope we will have an altogether better year ahead.

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the inception of IIMS. Sadly, we will not be able to commemorate this landmark with face-to-face celebrations as was my original plan. But we are aiming to put together a two-day online celebration in June to mark the occasion. This will coincide with the Annual General Meeting, so keep an eye out for further details soon.

A new year brings new training opportunities. At the time of writing, Brexit negotiations are still on a knife edge and it is anyone’s guess if a deal or no deal will be the outcome. But I am delighted that Ross Wombwell, (Head of Technical Services at British Marine and a marine surveyor), who is something of an expert in the area of the RCD and Brexit, has agreed to deliver a webinar on 20 January entitled Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and CE marking – what we know post Brexit so far – essential advice for surveyors. More details about this seminar can be found in this bulletin or go to to reserve your place.

Once again, James ‘Randy’ Renn, has done a great job in assembling a first class line up of seventeen speakers for the IIMS US Conference on 22/23 January. Sadly no longer a face-to-face event in Baltimore for now, the two day Conference will be delivered online. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity to be part of a great event and get some early CPD or CE points in your bank early in the year! More information can be found in the bulletin or for full details go to

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