A christmas message from Catherine Devitt at the end of her first year as CEO of Meyler Campbell.
It’s that time of year again, the time when we start to slow down and take stock of the year that’s been. My first full year as CEO of Meyler Campbell has been a year of deep and rich learning for me. We have had some tremendous highs and one unbearably tragic low.
Throughout the year the Community have, as always, been at the heart of everything we’ve done:- giving their time and energy to their learning, their teaching and their coaching; challenging us to be better; suggesting how we can be better and; being warmly appreciative when we get it right and supportive of our efforts even when we don’t do as well as we could. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement and keep the feedback coming.
Highlights of 2016 include the Meyler Campbell rebrand and the launch of our new website both of which are beginning to bear fruit for us. This was quickly followed by the development of the Mastered and Unleashed brochures and the on-line publication of, and booking platform for, the 2017 CPD programme. Graduation was its usual glitzy and joyous self where many of you came back to meet and congratulate the newest alumni on their achievements. The Annual Lecture was another highpoint with Andrew Scott giving us much to reflect on and consider. And finally we ended the year with our first ever networking event which was designed purely as an opportunity for us all to get together with old friends and hopefully make some new ones.
We were delighted to announce two new members of Faculty this year and Genevieve and Kirstan are now preparing to lead their own syndicates in 2017. We were fortunate to keep a stable team in the office. I am extremely grateful for the support of Claire, Jean, Hannah and Rosie – the dream team who always put client service at the forefront of their work.
Thank you to Faculty for continuing to deliver the Mastered and Unleashed programmes with such energy and passion and for sharing their knowledge so generously through the CPD programme. We also had an interesting and eclectic mix of guest speakers for the programme this year and are excited about what is coming in 2017. Anne returned from her sabbatical in September, she has stepped out of the day to day business now but has taken on the brief of Ambassador and Thought Leader for Meyler Campbell – watch this space.
We launched the IOC’s new Research Digest this year – encouraging us to reflect on recent thinking and helping to keep us at the forefront of developments and learning in our field. You can see the latest issue here.
In September we put our pro bono work at the heart of our offering when we launched the John Stopford Scholarship. We had considerable interest in the award from the charity sector and following a full selection process we were delighted to offer a place on the Mastered Programme to Lizzie Cho.
We are ending the year with a mix of emotions: a deep sadness for what we have lost - Juan’s tragic death in November knocked us all for six and reminded us of just how important it is to appreciate what we have now; and an optimism for the future – a determination to build on Juan’s legacy by making sure we continue to learn and develop as individuals and as a community and to love and support each other while we do it.
In closing may I wish you and those you love a festive period full of joy, peace and restoration and a year of fulfilment and growth in 2017.
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