ACESA has quite simply transformed in the past two years. From an average of 8 events in person annually to more than 15 online for the past two years, we are now offering a huge range of services to members. Although events and networking remain core to what we do, we are now pleased to facilitate coaching for members, a quarterly newsletter, and increased levels of peer support.
Among the advantages of having to move online, has been our ability to attract very high-profile speakers. We began the year with Paul Reid of the HSE, and during 2021 engaged with several government Department Secretary Generals, and speakers from the public, private and not for profit worlds.
We also offered a much more diverse range of event formats, including panel discussions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence and Diversity, and Action Learning Events which allow us to share challenges and support each other as we support our teams to meet each of our organisation’s goals. We have strengthened our relationship with DPER and also now access to the SPS coaching programme – a key support for many.
The increased level of offerings would not have been possible without the work of the Board, and subgroup members. We now have in the region of 30 ACESA members and alumni contributing at either the board or the subgroups, and this is reflected in this report and our much-increased activities in 2021.