Spring Conference - Global Challenges: Navigating the Changing International Landscape

The day will focus on the opportunities and challenges that internationalism presents to professional bodies. This event will provide opportunities for discussion, case studies and advice on the shifting nature of the sector's relationship with the rest of the world. Delegates will hear PARNs latest research into International Issues at Professional Bodies as well as workshop sessions and time for networking with professional body colleagues.

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8 May 2019

Registration opens at 9am

The Royal College of Nursing,  20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

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Chair – Peter Fanning

 Peter Fanning joined the CIOT in 2008 as its first Chief Executive following a brief secondment to the office of the permanent secretary to HM Treasury. From 2004 Peter led the transformation of the Office of Government Commerce (an independent office of HM Treasury) as Deputy Chief Executive/Director General and later Acting Chief Executive/2nd permanent secretary. He previously served as the founding Director of London’s Centre of Procurement Excellence, Managing Director of IPF, the commercial arm of CIPFA, and Chief Executive of the 4ps, established to support Local Authorities procure through the PFI.


Matt McDermott – Programme Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Developing global standards for a global professional body

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has been on a journey over the past 20 years to evolve into a global professional body for the built environment. At the heart of this strategy is the development of global standards to underpin the value of the RICS qualification. This has not been an easy journey as we have sought to collaborate with other associations and membership bodies around the world in different cultures, markets and with competing priorities. However engagement of these bodies in standards development was not only advisable but an absolute necessity to achieve true adoption and recognition of RICS in a number of strategically important markets. Matt McDermott will share this story to hopefully inspire others on how developing global standards is possible and a necessity if any professional body or association wants to develop its global footprint.

Matt has worked at RICS since 2002 starting out as marketing manager for RICS Books. His career evolved to become Director of Sales and Marketing and in 2016 he switched to lead on the development of standards for RICS. His current role encompasses developing a standards programme that addresses both risk and opportunity for RICS professionals. From ensuring standard professional code of conducts are up-to-date and relevant to developing global technical standards to be adopted in markets around the world. He is also responsible for developing full propositions to be launched alongside standards to ensure the RICS leverages opportunities they create.

Antonella Adamus – Standards Publishing Manager, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Developing global standards for a global professional body

Antonella has worked in project and content management for over 20 years. Half of this time has been spent developing technical and professional standards, first as a programme manager at BSI and then at RICS, where she manages a team of standards project managers whose job is to take the standards from commissioning, through public consultation activities and launch. Under Matt McDermott’s leadership, bringing together full propositions to be launched alongside the published standards has now become a focal point of her work. Antonella has also worked as a visiting lecturer in the benefits of standardisation for the Open University of Israel.


Charles Tilley OBE, FCMA, CGMA

Working Together As Two International Professional Bodies: The Journey

Charles Tilley will speak on the join venture between CIMA and AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) to form the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants which he oversaw as the then Chief Executive. Touching on how he built the foundations as well as sharing key lessons learned this presentation will provide an excellent case study for other organisations in how they can work more closely with similar international organisations.

Charles is the former chief executive of CIMA and during his time there he led the collaboration of CIMA with the AICPA. He currently sits as the chairman of the CGMA Research Foundation, the research foundation of CIMA & AICPA. Charles is also the Chair of IFACs Professional Accountants in Business Committee as well as being a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

Katy Turff - Head of Professional Standards, Engineering Council

Enhancing Mobility through mutual Recognition

Katy Turff is Head of Professional Standards at the Engineering Council. As the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession, the Engineering Council holds the registers of Engineering Technicians, Information and Communications Technology Technicians, Incorporated Engineers and Chartered Engineers. The Engineering Council works with employers, educators and professional engineering institutions to set and maintain the competence standards for registration of engineering professionals in the UK. 

As Head of Professional Standards, Katy leads the Engineering Council’s strategic and core business activities relating to standards setting for professional registration and accreditation of education and professional development programmes. She also has strategic oversight of international activities supporting the mobility of professional engineers and technicians. She represents the Engineering Council in the International Engineering Alliance, where she holds the position of Deputy Chair of the International Engineering Technologists Agreement. 

Katy will be speaking on the subject of mutual recognition agreements and how these can support chapters within trade agreements. 


Cathy Shaw – Quality and Engagement Manager, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Establishing professional qualifications within TNE (Transnational Education) provision

Cathy Shaw is a Quality and Engagement Manager at QAA, a role that encompasses a wide range of QAA activity and engagement with the HE sector.  Cathy takes a leading role in the management of the QAA PSRB Forum.  She joined QAA in March 2017 coming from the University of Wolverhampton as Assistant Academic Registrar (Quality Management) where her role included managing the University’s relationship with PSRBs.


Roger Arthey

The Challenges of Setting up a Professional Body with an International Remit

Many organisations employ export control professionals to help ensure effective and efficient compliance with national and international regulations, to avoid punitive penalties and to bring competitive advantage.  Until now there has been no dedicated UK professional association to support and represent such specialists.  This presentation will chart the development from inception of the Export Control Profession within the Institute of Export and International Trade.

Following graduation from Birmingham University with a PhD in Metallurgy, Roger joined the research laboratories at Rolls-Royce plc in 1978.  He held a number of commercial and business posts in different parts of the company before joining the Purchasing organisation as Export Control Manager in 2007.  He became Head of Export Control Compliance in 2009, and retired in 2017.


Anne Godfrey - Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

The Case against Going Global

When is it better NOT to go global? When is it safer to avoid the risk and expense of being truly international? Anne will speak on the downsides of international ambition and strategies.

Anne Godfrey has been chief executive of CIEH for three years and has led the organisation through a period of significant change.  Previously Anne has had leadership in a wide range of membership organisations including CIM, where she was Chief Executive, the Law Society as Director of Commercial & Membership Services and the CBI as Commercial and Marketing Director.




Member Price: £220 + VAT (£264 including VAT)

Non-Member Price: £300 + VAT (£360 including VAT)*

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5/8/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
.Royal College of Nursing Royal College of Nursing 20 Cavendish Square LONDON, W1G 0RN UNITED KINGDOM

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