VSJ – April 2008 – Members’ News

IAP Spring Event

When Mike Ryan described this year’s programme in February’s VSJ, there were still some i’s to dot and t’s to cross. We’re very pleased to be able to say now that Nick Ford, of Advanced Transport Systems Ltd, has agreed to join the list of speakers and he’ll be talking about the ULTraTM PRT (Personal Rapid Transport) system. This provides driver-less on-demand travel using a dedicated guideway network. The vehicles (see picture, courtesy of Advanced Transport Systems Ltd, www.atsltd.co.uk) are battery-driven, minimising their carbon footprint and noise pollution. The central control system delivers an average waiting time of less than 15 seconds, with 95% of all passengers being served within a minute. This time next year, the system will be operational at Heathrow, serving 8000 passengers per day and saving over 8 minutes per trip compared to the existing shuttle buses. Other projects are under way in Cardiff and Corby.

David Morgan, FIAP (Cmpn) is standing for re-election to Council this spring. Here, he writes about himself and his aspirations for the Institution.

I served 13 years in the Royal Corps of Signals; this was where programming first took my interest. However on leaving the Army I graduated in Politics and Modern History. It was when I went to work for a large engineering consultancy that my computing skills began to be valuable. Projects were often overseas in developing countries and I might find I was the only person with any IT skills. Later, I moved into a UK-based development environment as a contractor working mainly in Project Management. I recently accepted a Project Manager role with a global courier company. I joined the Institution as a Fellow in January 1991and was elected to the Council in 1999. I currently serve as Vice President of the Institution and was recently made a Companion of the IAP. I have also been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development for the last two years. My aim as a Council member has been, and continues to be, the support of the aims of the IAP and playing an active role in recruiting new members.

IAP Recognition

We reported last September that Sam Banda, MIAP, who is employed at the Ministry of Defence, had told us that the IAP had been added to the list of professional associations recognised within their Human Resources system. At that time, the HRMS database had yet to be updated but Sam tells us that it’s fully up-to-date now. So IAP members employed by the MoD can now revise their personnel records appropriately.

The University of Manchester has contacted us to ask if all IAP members who are Manchester graduates are receiving their copies of Your Manchester, the alumni magazine. If not, it’s because they don’t have your current contact details. Go to www.manchester.ac.uk/yourmanchester to register with Your Manchester Online and update your records. You can phone the Division of Development and Alumni Relations on 0161 275 7230.

[Don’t forget to email eo@iap.org.uk with items of news about you or your company.]

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