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After receiving and assesssing the Grant Thornton Report in July 2010, the Trustees took the decision to step over the threshold into the 21st Century to ensure our Charity is fit for purpose in the modern era. It has been a busy 11 months with the Trustees and the President's Advisory Group fully engaged in our change programme culminating in our re-launch at the Electric Cinema (ofcourse) in Notting Hill in June 2011.
Your Trustees have been fully committed and focused on delivering a Charity that is vibrant, caring, and fully aware of our beneficiaries' requirements, delivering a second-to-none service whilst simultaneously driving down costs and delivering more of our generated income to those who seek and deserve our support.
Over the last 11 month period, the Trustees have appointed a General Manager (Val Austin), outsourced our back office and Lottery functions and realised our investment in our Balham property. We've improved communications with our stakeholders, supporters, regional committees, grass roots and within the Industry via PR and marketing, and we are now receiving more coverage in the Trade Press.
We have also incorporated social media and electronic newsletters and have launched a completely revamped website that is more intuitive, providing more functionality for our branch network, supporters and beneficiaries. Along the way we have made 40% more of our income available to those who are most in need of it - our Beneficiaries. Your Trustees are determined to increase this year on year.
Your Trustees have also taken the opportunity to analyse how they operate and are eager to make the EEIBA Council representative of all the talents our Industry has to offer. In that respect, we are delighted to annouce that Catherine Connolly, Director with Honeywell MK, John Hogan, CEO of Newey & Ayre and Paul Loke, Director with Edmundson Electrical have joined our board. Their talent and experience and profile in the industry will bring an extremely profitable skill set which will compliment that of our current Trustees.
We are also pleased to announce that Rafe Bateson, Sales and Marketing Director of WF Electrical and Pauline Cooke, Secretary to the Management Committee of RWE Npower have been appointed as Vice-Presidents, thus ensuring the Trustees have the continuity so necessary to deliver a continuous and coherent programme.
With our desire to be fully representative of the electrical and electronic family, we have entered a partnering arrangement with the JIB and the Scottish JIB which will really get down to grass roots level the people on the ground - who require our help and assistance, This arrangement will give us access to over 100'000 electricians across the UK.
Whilst we have been focusing on our change programme we have not lost sight of our main objective - WELFARE! In these harsh economic times our services will be increasing in demand and in light of this we have reviewed our processes so that we can respond to any request for support and assistance quickly and sympathetically and will continue to monitor these processes. The fast track process has been introduced which enables the charity to respond to emergency cases within a matter of days.
2011 was a momentous year, and the changes delivered would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and commitment of the Trustees, our sponsors, to the EEIBA Head Office Team and to the hard working volunteer Regional Committees who do so much to raise money for our cause.
With your help, we have the power to make a difference!