Christina Phang CEng FIChemE - Nominee for Deputy President

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Rachael Fraser - Communications Executive posted this 24 March 2020

Christina Phang CEng FIChemE is a Commerical Director for ERM’s Safety Services.

Please click on the attached file to download her biography and election statement. You’re welcome to use this thread to ask Christina any questions you may have about her nomination.

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A Bailey posted this 25 March 2020

The same question(s) to all three candidates for Deputy President:

How will you be able to dedicate sufficient time and energy to the role of Deputy President, and ultimately President in 2021, noting the current senior role that you have at your employer?  Should you be successful at this election, would you look to modify the role of IChemE President to make it more accessible to other IChemE members in the future?

 

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Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 26 March 2020

All of us are given 24 hrs a day and we all make choices on how to spend that time purposefully. Therefore I have made a conscious choice in putting myself forward for this role(s) knowing that I can and will devote time and energy to being successful at delivering what our members need. ERM has been supportive of many of its senior partners who have taken on similar leadership positions in other industry organisations as we work through our teams to deliver the desired outcomes. I believe the role of IChemE President should evolve to reflect expectations of its members and not just that of the institution. I envisage to be inclusive in my leadership of the IChemE for it is the work of a team (comprising IChemE executive as well as it’s members) that will transform our institution as we celebrate our centenary but more importantly as we build for the future of those who will come after us.

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A Bailey posted this 26 March 2020

It's now almost three years since the publication of the Uff Report:

Uff Report

For a long time, I have believed that UK-based Professional Engineering Institutions should work far more closely than they do now, both in terms of collaborative working and potential synergies of shared operations whilst maintaining the distinctiveness of each origin PEI.

Do you believe that the long term future of the IChemE, and other PEIs, is best served by enacting the recommendations of Uff, and to what degree?

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Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 27 March 2020

In my opinion, the key issue that the various PEIs need to address is not one of integration but whether the PEI’s function remains relevant for its members in the world that we live and work in today. As IChemE, we need to answer the pertinent question of whether we are effectively serving the needs of our members in the UK as well as globally.   While we celebrate our achievements over the past century, we need to be acutely aware that our institutions of higher learning and industry and perhaps more importantly our young engineers will have to adapt to the rapidly changing world. We need to recognise that the progress that we see today necessitates for us to prepare chemical engineers to be well prepared to respond to the rapid changes that occurs not just every day but every second even as I write this response.

One of the key points raised by Uff is the ability of a PEI to adapt to change – while I recognise the need to preserve our uniqueness I strongly believe there are many avenues for strategic collaborations. All PEIs have a common goal of growing our membership numbers and I don’t see any reason why we should not join forces to co-create a common platform that we can work from that will benefit our existing and future members. We should explore synergies that would enable the PEI’s to function more efficiently particularly in the front of enhancing teaching of engineering at tertiary institutes, improving professional standards as well as continued professional development through our unique self-regulation status.

The Uff report has raised a number of recommendations and I believe that the onus is on IChemE’s BoT to allocate the appropriate level of resource to review these in more detail and prioritise implementation of actions that would most significantly affect our ability to achieve sustainable growth. This is a great opportunity for IChemE to engage its members to help reshape our institution for future chemical engineers coming into the engineering profession.

Nigel Hirst posted this 27 March 2020

Same question to all three candidates:

” What is you view of the success, or otherwise, of Congress? If you became President, how would you develop the relationship between the BoT and Congress?”

Nigel

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 28 March 2020

To be honest, I did not set very high expectations wrt achievements of Congress in Year 1.  Congress is a good vehicle to encourage members participation but based on the number of our members who are willing to come forward to volunteer and participate, there is definitely a lot more room for improvement.    We need to find out what are the barriers to participation in order motivate more of our members actively utilise Congress as a platform to have a bigger say in how IChemE needs to innovate to remain relevant for not just chemical engineers of today but the future.

I cannot speak for the other IChemE Boards, but having been Chair of the IChemE Malaysia Board for the 2018/2019, I am pleased to share that the Malaysia Board is closely connected with our Congress Representatives (Dr. Ramanan for Malaysia and Mee San, Student Rep) and have regular interations.  We carve out some time for Dr Ramanan during our Board meetings and other times as required to share with us the needs of our members in Malaysia.  He has also been instrumental in reaching out to our members to solicit feedback and ideas on how IChemE can better serve them locally as well as globally.

I would like to see the BoT members to take personal interest in the various activities of the Congress - we can divide and conquer - where each BoT member can take on oversight of various sections of Congress and work with them to define specific actions which is aligned to our Strategy 2024.

Nigel Hirst posted this 28 March 2020

Hello Christina.

I think you have misunderstood the purpose of Congress. It is independent of the BoT and there is no question of ‘oversight’ of any part of Congress by a Trustee. Quite the opposite. Congress is about taking the BoT to task on behalf of Members, when required, as their ‘voice’.  And I don’t understand your comment about ‘divide and conquer‘. Surely after the tribulations of the last few years we all ought to be pulling together?

Nigel

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 29 March 2020

Apologies Nigel for not being clear in my response which gave rise to the perception that I misunderstood the role of Congress - I am fully cognisant that the Congress has been set up to keep the BoT in check, however I feel that there should be more meaningful interactions between the two bodies so to speak.  While Congress acts as a conduit to raise members' issues, it is important that members of the BoT be keenly aware of what these key issues are.  Perhaps my use of the word "divide and conquer" was misplaced.  If we say that we are a truly member led institution, then members of the BoT should take a personal interest of pertinent issues raised by Congress - I believe each BoT member should take specific responsibility (again apologies "oversight" is not the correct word to be used in this context) to hear what is being raised via Congress - the BoT and Congress cannot be pushing (or pulling) the executives in different directions.  If each BoT member takes it upon himself/herself to be accessible to the Congress, we will then be able to better understand the key issues raised by our members.  My intention is for every BoT member to take a proactive interest in the various Congress colleges - for far too long, we have left the BoT (or previously Council) to just make decisions without taking account of what our members need. 

In Malaysia, the local Board intentionally makes time to engage with the relevant Congress representatives to enable IChemE in Malaysia to put in place actions that addresses members' needs, which is critical for sustaining current membership interests but more importantly allow IChemE to continue to grow its membership numbers.  

You rightly pointed out that after the tribulations of recent couple of years, our ways of working need to change if the institute is to remain relevant to both the academic faculty and industry, particularly if we want to attract younger engineers to take a stake in driving the change required in IChemE for the foreseeable future.

 

 

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A Bailey posted this 29 March 2020

Hi Christina, thanks for your replies to Nigel's question.  I am interested to find out more why you think that the existing mechanisms for the Trustees and Congress to communicate need overhauling.

From the latest Congress handbook:

One Trustee will lead engagement with Congress where needed. The lead Trustee can engage in the discussions, feedback to the Board in a timely manner and identify where consultation with Congress may be required to inform the Board of Trustees’ decision-making. The lead Trustee may be assisted by other Trustees if required. Unless otherwise agreed, Trustees are able to attend any meeting of Congress and contribute to the virtual discussions. They do not have a vote if a ballot is called.

The Chief Executive and/or a delegated employee will provide support and input as required and will maintain the dedicated online platform and provide reasonable support associated with running of Congress.

Whilst I understand that Nigel is protective of Congress in his role as Chair, I have to say that I share his concerns that any further involvement of Trustees in the operation of Congress goes against the spirit of why the function was created, and my fear is that there will be, at best, a perception that the Board will exert undue influence on Congress proceedings.  We already have examples from the meeting minutes published online by the IChemE where Congress has held the Board to account, particularly with regard the code of conduct proposals that were rejected out of hand and sent back to the Board to reconsider.  This is an example of the sterling work that Congress is doing and I for one congratulate it on being able to voice the concerns of the broader membership regarding Institutional policy.

To suggest that the Board needs further oversight / responsibilities regarding Congress is, to me, of grave concern for the future independence of Congress, and this single issue will prevent me lending my support to your candidacy.  I would urge other members of the voting constituency to consider this matter after all the hard work has been put in place to get us to this 'good place' in Institutional affairs.

A Bailey posted this 30 March 2020

None of the Deputy President candidates have posted on 'Interface' since it's inception in March 2018.  With what was a 70% failure rate for people who visit the forum for the first time after registering, and then never return, and a potential 'Mk2' upgrade for the forum postponed again, does this platform have a future under your Presidency?

A Bailey posted this 30 March 2020

Inevitably, time for a question about the 'B' word for the members in the UK.

Does the IChemE have a greater role to ensure that chemical regulation in the UK going forward remains in a robust harmonised regime?  Do you believe that close alignment with the EU REACH regulations is desirable?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-chemicals-household-goods-standards-eu-rules-a9398101.html

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Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 30 March 2020

Andrew and Nigel,

Thank you again for taking me to task wrt Congress being independent - I fully accept the miscommunication on my part - the word "oversight" was a really bad choice of words.  My personal experience being part of the Malaysia Board has been one where we intentionally take matters raised by the local Congress representatives and the Board responds appropriately to demonstrate that we hear their concerns and more importantly take actions to address them.  I must congratulate our Congress reps in Malaysia for effectively engaging our local members - one key outcomes is that we have seen marked increase in attendance at Malaysia's last AGM and subsequent EGM.  Kudos to Ramanan and Mee San for making that connection with our members.

It's not so much that the communication mechanism that needs overhauling but there is certainly areas of improvement where the Congress is not just tasked with keeping the BoT in check - instead the BoT should take proactive steps to consider issues raised by members that impacts the profession and more importantly their person professional growth is fed back to the BoT by Congress. The BoT needs to be proactively taking into account what our members need from IChemE - after all the institute exist for its members and now more than ever, IChemE needs to be evolving in pace with our rapidly changing environment

 

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Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 30 March 2020

Andrew - thanks for pointing out my lack of activity with the ChemEng community via Interface.  Honestly, I didn't find a purpose of posting here as there are other platforms for sharing with a wider audience until I was nominated as one of the Deputy President candidate.  I took to Interface without any encouragement or notification from anyone and have developed a habit of logging onto it every day.  While I appreciate the conversations I have had with you and Nigel, engagement from the wider community is glaringly lacking - perhaps (as my daughter pointed out to me) we are being "stalked" by visitors who are standing by and are just happy to read our exchanges.

We should explore ways to improve the usage of Interface (given that we have already invested in it)  as it should be viewed as a "safe" communication platform of choice for all IChemE members.  This forum is for our members, hence ultimately they are the ones who should decide whether Interface should be kept "alive" or would it be wiser (and more cost effective) for us to use a readily accessible platform such as LinkedIn (weighing its pros and cons) to achieve active engagement amongst our members

A Bailey posted this 31 March 2020

All of us are given 24 hrs a day and we all make choices on how to spend that time purposefully. Therefore I have made a conscious choice in putting myself forward for this role(s) knowing that I can and will devote time and energy to being successful at delivering what our members need. ERM has been supportive of many of its senior partners who have taken on similar leadership positions in other industry organisations as we work through our teams to deliver the desired outcomes. I believe the role of IChemE President should evolve to reflect expectations of its members and not just that of the institution. I envisage to be inclusive in my leadership of the IChemE for it is the work of a team (comprising IChemE executive as well as it’s members) that will transform our institution as we celebrate our centenary but more importantly as we build for the future of those who will come after us.

Thanks Christina.  May I request a clarification from you regarding Board of Trustee meetings during 2019 as the minutes published on the IChemE website show that you were not in attendance for five consecutive meetings (11th April, 20th May, 18th July, 12th September and 7th November).  Has your employer given you any further commitment to enable you to devote additional time to your successful candidacy?

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 31 March 2020

I appreciate that you do very thorough due diligence.  I have been volunteering with IChemE since 2011 when I was asked to take on the Chair of the Technical Committee for our Inaugural HAZARDS AP, which we run every 2 years - I have since been leading that effort having also led organising HAZARDS AP 5 last September.  In the year that we don't have HAZARDS, I have also been deeply involve in putting up a smaller even,t i.e. the Regional Process Safety Seminar (I was organising lead for RPSS #4, #5 and #6) which is held at various locations in Malaysia.  I was actively involved in taking this seminar outside Kuala Lumpur to Miri (East Malaysia) and Pasir Gudang (Johor). Despite not leading this effort in 2019 as I became Chair of the IChemE Malaysia Board, I made time to attend the RPSS delivered a keynote presentation.   In addition to the above, t I have been on the Judging Panel of the annual IChemE Malaysia Award since 2013. I took break in 2019 but have volunteered to be on the judging panel again this year.

During my tenure as Chair, I am pleased to share that I led delegations to raise IChemE's profile with the local government, namely the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) as well as the Ministry of Primary Industry, both efforts were news worthy items in our TCE.

I have also been actively involved in the Malaysia Board, starting off as a Board Member in 2015, served as Honorary Treasurer (2016), Deputy Chair (2017)  and then Chair for the 2018/2019 term.  I also led the setting up the SLP SIG in Malaysia, the second SIG to have a local chapter in Malaysia, the first being SONG SIG to be launched.

As I said, we all have 24 hours in a day - I had to choose how I spend my time where I can make the biggest and most positive impact and I decided to prioritise my time for IChemE's activities in Malaysia. I am a Principal Partner with my current firm which I have been working with for 23 years. I have successfully taken on and executed demanding roles  in my younger days.  My current role is one which affords me the flexibility to allocate time to volunteer for organisations such as the IChemE.  Given that we operate based on a partnership model, I have autonomy to choose how I would spend my time.   Apart from IChemE I also serve as an ExCom member of the Malaysia Oil & Gas Engineering Council (something that I may need to give up if elected). 

My commitment to run for Deputy President and subsequently take on the role of President is based on a strong track record and a desire to make a difference in everything that I choose to set my mind and heart to do.  I understand the time commitment required because I have been doing it for IChemE delivering positive outcomes for IChemE in Malaysia since 2011.

A Bailey posted this 01 April 2020

Member engagement remains an ongoing issue for the IChemE.  From an Interface post I made in May 2018:

The reality is that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of IChemE members that pay fees (which are, for the majority, reimbursed by their employer) to simply maintain some letters after their name and have no further interest in the Institution.  How we try to engage with more of our members is a huge challenge going forward, and I for one admit I don't have the answers to that problem.

I will say this - simply isolating over 30,000 members from having any sort of tangible influence to steer the future of the Institution is, in my opinion, not the way ahead.  Is championing 6% of the total membership demonstrating a "strong show of support" really a credible advert for a fully democratic educational charity with one of the most discerning constituencies available?

Note the figure of 30,000 quoted above was used before the IChemE resolved the lapsing/membership database issues.  As President, how will you reach out to the membership and try to engage more people?  Would you consider opening up the voting constituency to include associate members?

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 01 April 2020

The numbers of non-active members are indeed alarming -  I don't believe that any IChemE President can wave a magic wand to effect any marked change.  I'm also not convinced that giving voting rights to associate members will improve the current predicament.

We have grappled with the challenge of increasing membership numbers and participation in IChemE activities in Malaysia.  I remained as an associate member for many, many years and it was the commitment of a few local IChemE member volunteers who persisted in talking to me about the benefits of volunteering that changed my attitude.  In fact, I started volunteering with IChemE while I was still an associate member and once I got "hooked" the progression to upgrade my membership just happened naturally.....

We should find innovative ways to help our members understand the benefits of being an IChemE member and why progressing in the membership grades is beneficial not only to their personal professional development but it will provide them with a platform to serve their communities.   I believe our new generation of engineers give as much weight on being able to give back to society and at the same time growing in their careers.  

Those of us who are actively volunteering should seek to bring others onboard - we must be passionate about the cause of our institution.  We need to start this engagement at the universities with our ChemEng undergraduates through to our early career members.  For example  the Board members in Malaysia actively support the local universities  - in particular, we have encouraged our industry members to support academic teaching and projects by being involved in their final year projects..  Recently, we also secured funding from one of our local government agencies to run a series of road shows focusing on the palm oil industry where we involved a number of our senior members.  Our industry members also support the teaching of ChemEng at a number of universities b

All of our SIGs need to become more active and vibrant as this is an avenue where our members can actively contribute.  The move to encourage our members to take active interest in as many SIGs as they wish, without any charge is a good move.  I would like to hold all SIG Chairs accountable for ensuring that their committees plan events that would garner greater participation from the entire spectrum of our membership.

I would also call upon our Learned Society committee to seek out proposals of projects that will address the grand challenges facing our world today - IChemE's ability to become more visible in how we can support society is key to attracting engineers to use IChemE as their platform of choice to serve the community at large.  I understand that IChemE aims to play a part to support the UK government in addressing some of the challenges in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are also looking at ways in which IChemE can support our Malaysian government in their efforts in minimising the adverse impacts this pandemic that leaves no one unaffected.

In summary, we need to seek out members who can act as catalysts to implement actions and accelerate projects that will allow members to reap the benefits that IChemE provides to them personally as well as to society.   This needs to be a concerted effort by everyone who is in a position of influence within IChemE, be it the BoT, Congress, SIG or Learned Society committees.  The key role that the IChemE President is one on setting a clear vision and demonstrating visible leadership. 

A Bailey posted this 03 April 2020

A timely follow-up question on the topic of member engagement.  The IChemE has published the results of the 2020 Congress nomination process (although the announcement was rather short on specific details).  I will withhold my personal opinion of the results, and try to focus on extracting some facts.

  • The functional college has lost 23% of its overall number of representatives, as three out of the five seats up for election remain vacant.
  • The regional college has the same number of occupied seats as the 2018 election, however, due to the lack of published detail, it can’t be deduced if the same areas have returned representatives or if there have been gains and losses.
  • There will be no Member election for Congress seats as all nominations received were unopposed.

Questions:

  • Would you please offer comments on the above.
  • Is the current structure of Congress, while with merit, actually too ambitious to fulfil?
  • Advise how you could influence potential governance amendments to improve Congress representation. The 2022 Congress election will come during your tenure as President, so you will have been a Board Trustee for approximately 18 months at that point.

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 04 April 2020

The outcome of the Congress nomination is indeed a worrying reflection of the concerning state of members engagement with the affairs of IChemE.  

Notwithstanding the recent Congress nomination outcomes, I believe the introduction of Congress as a vehicle to grow and transform IChemE is timely.  The proposed structure, while ambitious, was mooted to ensure adequate representation of our members, hence rather than make a change after such a short time, I would like for us to seek ways within our current set up to fulfill this ambition. 

Despite our failure to fill all the seats that are up for election this year,  active IChemE members should not give up on pushing the agenda of providing our members a platform to have a voice in how IChemE can continue to grow and remain the PEI of choice for chemical engineers globally.  We have boldly declared that we are to be an institute that is led by members, supporting members and serving society - in the same way that I was encouraged to get more involved in the IChemE in Malaysia, the relative small number of us who are active must continue to reach out and motivate other current and future members to see the benefit of being involved - we have provided our members with an avenue to  lead IChemE, so going forward, we need to do better at supporting our members and also showing them how IChemE creates a good platform for them to serve society.  We need to be clear in not just articulating our purpose - we need our executives to be effective in implementing and running activities with input from members.

The one key reason that I was inspired to volunteer and have been doing so for almost 10 years is because a particular IChemE Fellow was passionate about the role that IChemE can play in the academia, industry and society.  He remains an active member today and has been responsible for a number IChemE's firsts in Malaysia.  We need to find and mobilise more people like him to champion our efforts for better engagement with our members.   

My vision is for IChemE to be led by  leaders in industry who will inspire a long line of successors who will continue to effect innovative changes for our sustainable future.  Therefore, we need to ensure that whatever governance that is implemented must work for us to meet our mandate.  Changes in governance cannot and should not come from a single person or a small group of individuals.  If I am given the honour to serve as President of IChemE, I would like to have spent the most of my time as Deputy President to initiate a reach-out movement to engage as many of the 35,000 members that we claim are affiliated with the IChemE.  This is not a one-person movement - we will need to inspire our member groups to recognise that their personal potential can be realised by being actively involved.    

Christina, I found your answers to the previous questions very informative.

Most of us who volunteer already know that volunteering for the IChemE counts as CPD. However, there are many members who are not aware that joining a committee or participating in established outreach programmes (like becoming an IChemE STEM Ambassador, for example) will not only satisfy their annual CPD requirements but also allow them to give back to the Institution and society.

I am committed to implementing initiatives that will encourage all members to become active volunteers (so that they can ensure that they fulfil their CPD obligations and by default) become more engaged members!!

Do you have any big initiatives that you want to push through if you are elected as Deputy President?

If yes, can/will you provide some of the details of the initiatives you would like to promote?

Thanks,

Macsene

A Bailey posted this 11 April 2020

To give all three candidates the opportunity to answer the same questions posed on Interface, here are two question previously asked by Bill Harper:

What is your take on the activities and achievements of the UK Board over the last couple of years?
Specifically what is your line on the decision of the Board to wind itself up?
What do you see as its future?

 

By the look of the Young Member Group's web-page they have a very impressive committee and are doing all the right things.

What in your opinion can be done to make their activities more visible and connected with the wider membership and the key stakeholders?

I would class myself in both categories and feel a strong desire to help and support the Group in anyway. However why are they not on my radar screen?

Would a credible replacement for the UK Board based on the current governance model and direction of the IChemE provide the necessary glue?

 

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 11 April 2020

Hi Macsene - thank you for being an active volunteer - we need to inspire many more of our members to step out of their comfort zone and just like you discover that the benefits of volunteering includes both tangible and intangible rewards. 

As I have alluded earlier in my previous discussions, my hope is for current active IChemE volunteers to reach out to many others and when we have more members who experience the personal satisfaction of supporting initiatives of our institute, a chain reaction will be initiated -  active volunteers become the catalyst that will keep producing increased member engagement.  These "reach-out" programs need to be intentional and a plan need to put in place to address how the different levels covering the large spectrum of our membership can be mobilized.

Some examples of initiatives  that I have been considering could include:

1. Revitalize the SIGs - this needs to happen in all members group globally.  SIGs provide an excellent platform for our members to connect and share ways to address common challenges within their interest group.  We need to ensure that our IChemE executives are available to effectively support the SIG activities.  We need to encourage the use of technology in broadcasting the sharing sessions from all our SIG forums.

2. Raise visibility of IChemE's Learned Society through key thought leadership projects to address certain grand challenges that our society face.  These projects should attract and involve global participation.  The Learned Society Committee has a key role to encourage submission of project ideas and perhaps we can get the wider membership in the decision making as to which projects to prioritize, i.e. put to vote shortlisted projects.

3.  Improve partnership with Industry - I would like for us to identify ways of how we can better engage with industry to encourage companies to support their chemical/process (as well as other related discipline) engineers to be involved IChemE because it would be good for their business.   IChemE has an important role in helping industry develop their young engineers, so perhaps this is one area we can use to get our foot in the door.  

4.  Attract and Sustain Early Career Engineers - As mentioned by Bill we have an impressive Young Members group - I was privileged to meet and interact with some of our young member group leaders when I attended the BoT induction.  In Malaysia, we too once had a very vibrant young member group about 5 years ago which sadly got disbanded when they failed to sustain interests from their peer group (one of the key reason cited was the lack of support from their employers and the other is just the time factor).  Therefore IChemE needs to be the organisation that would appeal to our younger members and help them see that our activities will provide them with the opportunities to accelerate the achievement of their personal and career ambitions

5.  Support IChemE Student Chapters - I am unclear as to what is the level of support we provide or how actively we engage with ChemEng undergraduates.   My memory of IChemE during my undergraduate days was the Frank Morton Sports, which is now in the very distant past.  I'm sure a lot more is being done now and I know that as a fact based on the activities we run in Malaysia.  The IChemE Malaysia Annual Awards now include recognition of the Best Student Chapter.  I sense however that there is still room for us to do more and I would like to hear from our undergraduates themselves as to how else IChemE can play a more significant role in supporting them at university.

The list above is not exhaustive and I'm sure there are many more great ideas that will be generated by our members.  The key success factor would be IChemE's ability to create that purpose and excitement among our members - every member need to find that motivation to play an active part and it is our prerogative to help them find it....

 

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 11 April 2020

Andrew - thanks for re-posting Bill's questions.  

IChemE UK Board

I am not in a position to comment on the performance of the UK Board given that I have no direct involvement with their activities in the UK due to being located in Malaysia. I also understand that the BoT reviewing the overall set up of the IChemE globally. My take is that IChemE's new business architecture should ensure appropriate and fair representation of our member groups - this needs to be given careful consideration to avoid duplication of efforts by taking into account the function of Congress.  There is a lot of work to be done in this area and while the BoT is driving the creation of the new set up, this must be done with the appropriate level of engagement with stakeholders that represent the wide spectrum of our members

Young Members Group

As mentioned in my response to Macsene , I am very impressed with the YMG committee representatives when I met them briefly in Rugby - we need to ensure that this enthusiasm is sustained and that this group acts as a conduit to identify and groom those who will take up leadership of the IChemE in the future.  We need to find more people like Bill who has a desire to help support our younger engineers.  In Malaysia, we had activities where members have opportunities to interact with the YMG by sponsoring social activities such as quiz nights (we had quite a few of those which was sponsored by some local brewery - always a crowd puller!) and we also received very encouraging responses from a number of YMG folks who are actively involved in the SIG activities (of particular mention is SONG and our Palm Oil Processing SIGs) through supporting our events from the technology front and also the editorial of local newsletters.  We need to identify and encourage people with a passion for coaching young engineers to make a conscious effort to network with the YMG and find opportunities to do joint activities together.  The short time I had with the select number of YMG committee members really spurred me to action as I have committed to spend my remaining tenure as Past Chair of the Malaysia Board to focus on revitalizing this group in Malaysia.  I have started by reaching out to a number of Fellows in Malaysia who are also keen to fine new ways of supporting  our younger talents.  We plan to seek out companies to come on board with us to invest in the development of our next generation of leaders.

A Bailey posted this 20 April 2020

Would you look to reach out in any different ways to the self-employed community within the IChemE?

Dr CMC Phang Christina Phang posted this 21 April 2020

IChemE is (well we should be) an inclusive organisation and my view is that our self-employed members play equally important roles in their local communities and society at large.  I would definitely like to hear from this group of members as to how IChemE can provide an effective platform for them to continue to grow professionally.  Perhaps we should consider whether there is a role for IChemE to play in more effectively linking the self-employed community with industry.   

We will be witnessing a major shift in the way how industry run their business, which is likely to impact a large proportion of our members once the world recovers from COVID-19.  Many industries will need to be reshaping their workforce and after months of having implemented working from home arrangements over prolonged periods, one can't help but ask whether this will be the new normal.  A large proportion of the workforce will have adjusted to the flexibility the WFH affords, hence I am also keen to learn from our self-employed members how they have managed to stay relevant and resilient during these rapidly changing landscape. 

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