Much of last week was spent preparing for our forthcoming Executive Committee/Board teleconference on 6 November. (As it was half-term, I also fitted in a family visit to Wimpole Hall – a nice reminder of the Conference, see above!)
This will be the first gathering of the new team under the leadership of our new Chairman, Fiona Reynolds, so will be quite light on papers, allowing time for discussion about the future direction of INTO. Having said that, it still meant preparing the minutes from Cambridge, writing a comprehensive Secretariat Report (a key opportunity to demonstrate the progress being made to our governance team) and updating the INTO Strategy for 2016.
We usually hold our teleconferences at 13h00 GMT. This is a perfectly civilised hour for us here in Europe, but it’s certainly not ideal for everyone. Bill has to tune in at 5am in British Columbia with Elizabeth joining us at 2am the following day in Fiji!!!! Any other suggestions for finding a sociable time for North America, Europe, Uganda, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Fiji would be gratefully received – answers on a postcard!!!
It’s wonderful to see everyone’s names popping up on the webinar screen as people begin to join the call and to imagine them at their desks, often in home offices, generously giving their time and best thinking to improve the way INTO serves its membership.
In a variation on the discussion we had a the ILCN launch in Berlin, I hope we’ll get the INTO Board thinking about what it will take for INTO to become an organisation where members get what they need to further their work and have opportunities to offer their expertise to others so that collectively we achieve our mission (to promote the conservation and enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage of all nations for the benefit of all the people of the world). No mean feat, but then again, we are talking about some extraordinary talent.
The INTO Executive Committee/Board/Secretariat brings together the very finest of the global National Trust movement. Leaders past and present of our individual organisations; a vast knowledge of the heritage and conservation worlds; and huge amounts of skill and experience which they share big-heartedly in order to make INTO greater than the sum of its parts.
We are so grateful to everyone who has shared this journey with us since INTO’s establishment in 2007, particularly our outgoing Chairman, Simon Molesworth, for his dedicated service. Over the past eight years we have brought together a group of organisations that shared a name – a good name, but often not much more than a name – into an international heritage coalition, a true National Trust movement.
INTO would not be the organisation it is today without the gifts of time, energy, resources and wise counsel given so generously by its Executive Committee, Board members, Secretariat team, Members and Amici. We thank you all.