Report of Activities – 2015

Membership

At the close of business on 31st December 2015, the ITAI had 463 members worldwide.  Of these, 5 were honorary members, 162 were ‘full’ members, 1 was an associate member, 282 were affiliates and 13 were of retired status.

There were no student members.

During 2015, 40 new members joined.  There were 15 applications from existing members to upgrade from affiliate to one of our higher grades of membership.

Council of Management

During the year, there were 15 members of Council (including the 4 Officers of Council), all of which are unpaid volunteers.  Sadly, one of our number passed away during the year.  Under ITAI rules, a further 2 Council members stood down.  They were both re-instated unopposed and we welcomed one new member: Richard Auty.

The Council role of Police Liaison Officer was passed from Terry Collins to Colin O’Neill.

Mr Peter Sippitt MBE (an existing member of the Council of Management) was appointed as Chairman as from 1st January 2015.

During 2015, the Council met on 4 occasions: 11th March; 3rd June; 28th September and 2nd December.

Annual General Meeting

A non-compulsory annual general meeting was held on 28th September 2015.  A total of 28 members were in attendance; a quorum was achieved.

Business Plan

A business plan for the period January 2015 to December 2019 has been developed.  The plan was approved by the Council of Management at our meeting on 12th December 2014 and is published on the ITAI web-site.  It continues to be implemented.

Financial Accounts

The ITAI accounts for 2015 have been prepared by the Treasurer and were submitted for checking by Baldwin’s, Turner Peachey Chartered Accountants.  They were verified and then presented to the Council of Management at their meeting of 2nd March 2016.  The Council of Management accepted the accounts and they are now reproduced in the “members’ area” of the ITAI web-site for the information of the membership as a whole.

Web Site

The ITAI website continued to be developed and updated throughout the 2015 year.

The ‘ITAI Group,’ a forum for discussion, within the auspices of Linked‑In, the business oriented social networking service, continues.  We invite all EVU members to join this discussion group.

Code of Conduct

The ITAI Code of Conduct can be accessed via the web-site.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The keeping of CPD became compulsory in 2014.  A facility for members to record their individual CPD on the ITAI web-site has been developed to assist this process.  A minimum of 18 hours per annum is required.  The CPD records will be dip-checked and verified randomly by the grades assessment team.

Forensic Science Regulator (FSR)

The Forensic Science Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science services across the UK criminal justice system is subject to an appropriate regime of scientific quality standards.  The ITAI continues to liaise with the Regulator in order that we can consult and influence the development of the future code of practice with which our members will be required to comply.

Affiliations

  1. Symbiosis between the ITAI and The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) continues with the hope of promoting cross pollination of ideas and to provide opportunity and incentive for dual membership.  The IMI’s “Professional Register” is available to its members and, therefore to those ITAI ‘full’ members who join the IMI.

    It has been agreed that any ‘full’ Member of the ITAI will be accepted automatically as a ‘full’ Member of the IMI (although, this is not a reciprocal arrangement.)  Each organisation agreed to waive registration fees when a member of one organisation joined the other.  Furthermore, it has been agreed that a member of one organisation may attend any event or function of the other as if a member of that other organisation.

  2. Following the agreement that was reached between AiTS (UK) Ltd, De Montford University (who provide training in forensic road collision investigation to degree level) and the ITAI, Dr RF Lambourn sits on their director’s moderating board in relation to Collision Investigation.  The board is responsible for such matters as reviewing content of training courses, practical assessments and examinations, as well as the accreditation of training centres.

Events

  1. A workshop was held in Solihull, West Midlands on 2nd July 2015.  The subject matter was “Data Recording Systems and their Uses.”  There were 6 speakers.  The event was attended by 103 delegates.  Four hours CPD value was awarded to each delegate.
  2. The AGM of 28th September 2015 (described above) was preceded by 3 presentations.  1½ hours CPD value was awarded to attendees at this event.
  3. ITAI hosted the 24th EVU Annual Congress at Edinburgh on 15th to 17th October 2015.  There were 33 speakers and 6 exhibitors.  The event was attended by 196 delegates and 59 partners.  Fourteen hours CPD value was awarded to each delegate.

Publications

  • Three issues of “Impact,” the ITAI’s technical journal (volume 23,) were published during the year: Spring; Summer; and Winter
  • Two editions of “Contact,” the Institute’s newsletter (editions 129 & 130,) were published in May and September.
  • The Institute’s booklet, “Index to Formulae” is available to the ITAI membership.

Plans for 2016

  • A workshop entitled “Scene Surveying and the Import of Plans into Computer Programs” was held at British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 2ndApril 2016.
  • A third Crash Test Day at Bruntingthorpe is set for 30thJune 2016.
  • An AGM will be held at Solihull on 26thSeptember 2016.