IMI efforts to increase its appeal to those working in the motor industry are paying off. New membership applications are currently 50 per cent up year-on-year - for November alone they increased by more than 170 per cent over November of last year.
Steven Nash FIMI, aftersales director of BMW (GB), is to be the next IMI chairman of council, succeeding Edward Clark. Steve, 48, an honours graduate in economics, began his career in what was then Chrysler UK as a management trainee before moving to Renault as an aftersales zone manager and then to a London BMW dealership as aftersales manager. Joining BMW (GB) in 1986, he progressed to service manager and then aftersales director, as role which currently incorporates MINI, all BMW training functions and the corporate quality programme. Married with a son and daughter, Steve's interests include rugby, F1 and music (he's a member of the BMW rhythm and blues band). His appointment, unanimously agreed at the last council of management meeting, takes effect from the IMI annual general meeting next October and continues until 2006. Council of Management Report Main points arising from the last council of management meeting:
Council unanimously approved the following rates:
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The remainder of the council meeting was dedicated to the development of the IMI's strategy for the next five years. This followed an analysis of the Institute's current strengths and weaknesses and identification of opportunities and potential threats. Key values which councillors believed should be associated with the IMI were: Competence, independence, aspirational, recognition and working together for the industry. Working in small groups, the council developed a series of potential roles and strategies for the IMI over the next five years. These will be used by the IMI's executive when developing the business plan and budget for 2004/5. The next council meeting will be held on 25th February 2004.
The Institute's Membership Standards & Grading Committee has reviewed the Code of Conduct and believe it needs updating to reflect today's industry practice. The committee is keen to ensure that all members are consulted on the contents of any new code. The existing code and the committee's draft new code are set out below. Members are asked to review the contents of the proposed new code and forward their comments to the Company Secretary, Allan Tyrer, either by post to the Institute of the Motor Industry, Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertfordshire, SG13 8PQ, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for comments is 3rd February 2004.
The Henry Ford College in Loughborough now offers a wide range of accredited learning programmes to a broad industry audience. The IMI has worked closely with the college for some time, and this partnership has developed to a new level with the chance for Institute members to access unique CPD opportunities. Programmes range from a two-day short course up to a full BSc or MSc programme specifically tailored to the retail motor industry. College director Professor Jim Saker was responsible for developing the initiative, along with David and Lisa Allison from the Henry Ford College team. See the December 2003 - Janauary 2004 issue of Motor Industry Magazine for full details.
IMI chief executive Sarah Sillars attended Volkswagen's annual graduation ceremony at Millbrook Proving Ground for newly-qualified apprentices and master technicians to present technicians with certificates of Associate membership. The Volkswagen Group has recently become an IMI-approved assessment centre for the delivery of IMI light vehicle technical certificates at levels 2 and 3. Master Technician of the Year award went to Jamie Birks from Vindis, St Ives. Awards for outstanding technical achievement went to: Thomas Borland from Autohaus Kettering; Andrew Edgar from Harper & Hebson; Richard Hammond from Lindvale of Chelmsford; Stephen Hore from Peter Cooper (Portsmouth); and Lloyd Turner from Lightcliffe Motors. A number of apprentices were rewarded for outstanding performance on assessments and assignments. Winners for highest scores on the Volkswagen apprentice programme's CareerMapTracker were: Ross Fraser from Advantage Stirling; John Glenn from Corkills Wigan; Gareth Watson from Inchcape Shrewsbury; Craig Johnson from Hartwell Newport; and Andrew Holgate from Corkills Liverpool. Awards for the best assignment results went to: Stephen Owens from Corkills Liverpool; Craig Ibbertson from Autohaus Northampton; Kier Thomas from Vindis Sawston; Caron Owen from Anthony Motors in Aberystwyth; and Lloyd Turner from Lightcliffe Motors in Halifax.