A word form our President - ALARM's plan for 2022 and beyond

Monday 17 January 2022

In preparation for drafting our Business Plan, the ALARM Board met in late September 2021 to review activity and progress over the previous two years, most of which has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we also analysed the results from our 2021 member survey  

The results of the member survey confirmed that the areas of membership currently most important to members are: 

  • Training 

  • Guidance documents 

  • Networking 

  • Events, from the ALARM Conference to seminars at a regional and sector level 

  • Webinars 

  • Online resources. 

Other points to note from the member survey included: 

  • Option to access training both face-to-face and online 

  • Access to documents and our journal both in hard copy and electronic formats 

  • LinkedIn was the most popular social media platform used for professional development 

  • Sharing good practice with other practitioners was important. 

As well as considering the feedback of members, representatives from our platinum partners participated in a discussion with the ALARM Board and provided an insight into their priorities in engaging with ALARM and our members. All this gave us valuable intelligence to help inform us what our focus areas should be for the next two years. 

It will come as no surprise that one area of significant change over the last two years is the use of technology in assisting us undertake our roles within our organisations. This ranges from how we interact with each other on a day-to-day basis, using tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom to stay connected, to greater use of online resources to access valuable information that helps us with our continued professional development. Therefore, some of our targets for 2022 relate to improving our digital offering. These include a new CRM system to tailor offerings and improve engagement with members, a new website and the development of an ALARM App. 

While improving our digital offering is a key target, we also recognise the need for traditional methods of delivering products and services. We recognise that as a result of the way members have been working during the pandemic, and in some cases continue to work, the amount of screen time members are exposed to has increased significantly. Therefore, we will continue to provide our journal, stronger, and guidance documents in hard copy format to allow members to take well-earned breaks from computer screens and mobile devices. 

As networking with colleagues and suppliers is a valuable part of the ALARM community, we have started to reintroduce our face-to-face regional and sector events. We will also offer more opportunities for in-person training and plan to hold roundtable industry-wide events with output on topical subjects of interest to ALARM members. 

Delivery of our Business Plan will be challenging. As a not-for-profit association we rely on a board of volunteer directors, contractors, partners, and volunteer members to deliver our benefits. If you are interested in getting involved in any aspect of ALARM activity, please email admin@alarmrisk.com. From joining the Board, to writing an article for stronger or our website, or simply providing ideas for a project, every small contribution helps build ALARM’s worth. Getting involved can be extremely rewarding on both a personal level and as part of your professional development. 

Wayne Rigby (wayne.rigby@alarmrisk.com) is President of ALARM.

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