This week I sent out a letter welcoming everyone back for another busy year in 2014.
Looking back at 2013, I noted that my role was marked by three Cs:
Communication – Not just telling our membership about our mission and values but taking on board their own visions for the future of STEP
Connections – Part of the Chair’s role is to bridge any gaps between branches and chapters around the world and STEP HQ in London. I have strived to cross the geographic divides with shared common interests and sharing knowledge and solutions
Collegiality – Mentoring and engaging in constructive dialogue across borders will help build a stronger more effective Society.
I believe we can be proud of our accomplishments in 2013. We made significant progress in adding value to STEP’s educational range, which will continue this year as we implement new courses – in both online and traditional formats. The last year also saw new chapters launch in Brazil, Curaçao, Hungary, Mexico and Canada. In Latin America alone we have seen a 54 per cent growth in membership! This growth is expected to continue throughout 2014 with a new Chapter in Mumbai developing strongly. Finally, the Society’s role as an industry leader is highlighted by our response to over 50 official consultations as well as significant changes we secured in the FATCA IGA mechanisms which are likely to be adopted for the proposed OECD system.
As the momentum of our work lives picks up for another year, I encourage all of you to make the most of your affiliation with STEP. The Society has much to offer for enthusiastic members.