Report of Activities – 2013

Membership

A new grade of Student membership was introduced.  Initially, there was one applicant although this sole membership has not been renewed in the current year.

During 2013, 23 new members joined.  There were 10 applications from existing members to upgrade from affiliate to one of our higher grades of membership.

Council of Management

Currently, there are 15 members of Council (including the 4 Officers of Council), all of which are unpaid volunteers.  Under ITAI rules, 3 of the number stood down but were re-instated unopposed. Details here.

During 2013, the Council met on 4 occasions: 13th March; 12th June; 23rd September and 4th December.

Annual General Meeting

A non-compulsory annual general meeting was held on 23rd September 2013.  A total of 43 members were in attendance; a quorum was achieved.

Financial Accounts

The ITAI accounts for 2013 were prepared by the Treasurer and were checked and presented by Turner Peachey Chartered Accountants of Shrewsbury.  The financial statements were accepted by the Management of Council at their meeting of 12th March 2014 and are reproduced in the Members Area for the information of all the membership.

Web Site

The ITAI updated and revised website was launched and continued to be developed throughout the 2013 year.

An ‘ITAI Group,’ a forum for discussion, was set up within LinkedIn.

Code of Conduct

The ITAI code of Conduct has been re-written.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A facility for members to record their individual CPD on this site has been developed in readiness for the requirement for all Associate and Member grades to submit CPD with effect from 2014.

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 continue to liaise with the Regulator so that we can influence and advise with respect to the regime that, in due course, will be imposed upon our membership. 

Affiliations

  1. Symbiosis between the ITAI and The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) was established and developed with the hope of promoting cross pollination of ideas and provide opportunity and incentive for dual membership.  The IMI’s “Professional Register” is available to its Members.
  2. 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.
  3. Negotiations began between AiTS (UK) Ltd, De Montford University (who provide training in forensic road collision investigation to degree level) and the ITAI with a view to a member of ITAI sitting on their director’s moderating board in relation to Collision Investigation.  The board would be responsible for such things as reviewing content of courses, etc.

Events

  1. On 29th June, the ITAI exhibited at Rugby ‘Techmagianation’ Fair, an exciting science fair for the whole family, with hands-on science, technology and engineering activities for all ages.  The hope was to educate youngsters with respect to our discipline and attract student members who might see accident investigation as a career path.
  2. A Crash Test Day was held at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire on 18th July.  This was facilitated by 25 volunteers to staff the event, together with 9 exhibitors.  There were 144 delegates.  Five hours CPD value was awarded to attendees of the event.  Subsequently, a DVD with the results of the testing has been distributed to all attendees.
  3. The AGM of 23rd September was preceded by 3 presentations.  1½ hours CPD value was awarded to attendees of this event.

Publications

  1. Three issues of “Impact,” the ITAI’s technical journal (volume 21,) were published during the year: Spring; Summer; and Winter.  Following the retirement of the previous editor, Council member Tony Foster has taken on the role.
  2. Two editions of “Contact,” the Institute’s newsletter (editions 123 & 124,) were published in June and October.  Following the emigration of the previous editor, Council member Stephen Jowitt has taken on the role.
  3. The Institute’s booklet, “Index to Formulae” was reprinted and is available to the ITAI membership.

Beyond 2013

  • The biennial ITAI Conference was held at Solihull on 5th & 6th April 2014.
  • A second Test Crash Day was held at Bruntingthorpe on 26th June 2014.
  • A third Test Crash Day at Bruntingthorpe is set for 2nd July 2015.
  • Planning for Conferences in 2016 and 2018 is under way.