Chris Newsome, Anglian Water’s Director of Asset Management, became President of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) at its AGM last week (25 June).
On his appointment, Chris explained the forthcoming year would be one of the most exciting periods in the Institute’s history as it starts its quest for Royal Charter.
Newsome commented: “Chartered status will position Asset Management alongside other well respected professions such as Engineering, Accounting and Law; and is a strategic move to increase the status of professionals, their contribution to driving corporate value, and the IAM’s professional standing globally.
“As the incoming President, I am both excited and proud to be given the opportunity to lead the IAM over the next two years, when most of the groundwork for the Chartership will be laid out.
“I hope Asset Management professionals will unite around this opportunity and work to make Asset Management a globally recognised profession that reflects the value of the sector and assets it creates.”
Funding to pursue a Royal Charter has been secured by IAM over the last 12 months, and it aims to achieve Chartership by 2020. One of the biggest benefits for individual and corporate members will be access to professional development qualifications and the development of a Register of Professionals which would have global validity.
As a major infrastructure provider that contributes to one of the fastest growing and economically important parts of the UK, Anglian Water is also a supporter of the IAM. The Eastern water company will be supporting the pursuit of Chartership over the coming years, along with the main sponsors of the IAM chartership project – National Grid, ABB, Accenture and IBM.