Report of Activities – 2014

Membership

At the close of business on 31st December 2014, the ITAI had 472 members worldwide.  Of these, 4 were honorary members, 170 were ‘full’ members, 2 were associate members, 286 were affiliates and 10 were of retired status.

There were no student members.

During 2014, 50 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

During the year, there were 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.

With effect of 31st December 2014, the Chair of the Institute, Miss Luck, stood down. Mr Peter Sippitt MBE (an existing member of the Council of Management) was appointed as Chairman as from 1st January 2015.

During 2014, the Council met on 4 occasions: 12th March; 27th May; 29th September and 3rd December.

Annual General Meeting

A non-compulsory annual general meeting was held on 29th September 2014.  A total of 36 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.

Financial Accounts

The ITAI accounts for 2014 have been prepared by the Treasurer and have been submitted for checking by Baldwin’s, Turner Peachey Chartered Accountants.

Once verified, the financial statements will be presented to the Council of Management at their meeting of 4th March 2015 for ratification and, subsequently, will be reproduced in the “members’ area” of the ITAI web-site for the information of the membership as a whole.

Web Site

The ITAI updated and revised website continued to be developed throughout the 2014 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)

During 2014, the keeping of CPD became compulsory.  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. Agreement was reached 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 (Dr RF Lambourn) sitting on their director’s moderating board in relation to Collision Investigation.  The board is to be responsible for such matters as reviewing content of training courses, practical assessments and examinations, as well as the accreditation of training centres.

Events

  1. The ITAI held its biennial conference in Solihull, West Midlands during the weekend of 5th & 6th April 2014.  There were 15 speakers and 7 exhibitors.  The event was attended by 100 delegates.  Nine hours CPD was awarded to each delegate.
  2. A Crash Test Day was held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire on 26th June 2014.  This was facilitated by 44 volunteers to staff the event, together with 4 exhibitors.  There were 171 delegates.  Five hours CPD value was awarded to attendees at the event.  Provisional technical data has been circulated to delegates attending this event.  A DVD containing the complete data captured from the testing will be distributed to all attending delegates in due course.
  3. The AGM of 29th September 2014 (described above) was preceded by 3 presentations.  1½ hours CPD value was awarded to attendees at this event.

Publications

  • Three issues of “Impact,” the ITAI’s technical journal (volume 22,) were published during the year: Spring; Summer; and Winter
  • Four editions of “Contact,” the Institute’s newsletter (editions 125, 126, 127 & 128,) were published in January, March, June and December.
  • The Institute’s booklet, “Index to Formulae” is available to the ITAI membership.

Plans for 2015

  • With effect from 1stJanuary 2015, members will be issued with a membership card “for life” thereby obviating annual expense.  The cards will display the users photograph and will be supplied with card holder and lanyard.
  • The ITAI is to exhibit and assist with demonstrations at “Traffex” to be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 21stto 23rd April 2015.
  • A third Crash Test Day at Bruntingthorpe is set for 2ndJuly 2015.
  • An AGM will be held at Solihull on 28thSeptember 2015.
  • The ITAI is to host the EVU conference to be held in Edinburgh on 15thto 17th October 2015.