IRMS Confirms Strategy and work plan for 2019-20
04 August 2019
Posted by: Jessica Waite
During July the new IRMS Executive Team met in sunny London over a weekend to reflect on the year that was and thrash out our priorities and plans for 2019-20.
Our strategy and work programme for 2019-20 is broken up into 4 areas of development work.Growing the Membership, increasing and refreshing our content, developing our commercial appeal and reviewing and improving our digital platforms. This will be building on the work done over the last few years so that we can expand further, reinforce our base and continue to build on our successes.
So you get a flavour of the things we are looking to deliver this year I’ve given you a flavour of each work stream below.
The leadership team is keen to ensure that we continue to grow our membership in the positive direction it has grown in recent years. In this work stream we are looking at refreshing our membership structure to ensure it is relevant for the 21st century and ensure that we are offering the most that we can do our individual and corporate members. In this work stream we will be looking at;
- Katy and her Membership team will be looking to consult with students on how we can make their membership work best for them
- Laura and her Marketing team will be looking to target specific markets and sectors with the benefits of membership to wider our membership base and appeal
- Roger and his team will be looking at our professional standards both through our work on other standards bodies (such as BSI) as well as looking at the need for template job roles etc
- A few of us will be looking to work with partner membership bodies on issues that affect the wider profession, especially issues around diversity and equality to see where we can work together to improve the wider profession for everyone
One of the key areas to ensure that the membership of the IRMS remains good value for money and relevant to the modern information professional is content that we host, own and signpost to. We will therefore be looking at refreshing our content and researching the need for more content based on what our members want. This includes;
- Leading a review of our current content to agree a strategy for further development or decommission
- Reyn and our team of volunteers will be reviewing and publishing the Academies toolkit ready for later this year
- Sarah and her team are looking to develop and deploy a series of webinars with the support of our partners and suppliers
- Jess and the Comms team will be starting a pilot social media discussion and engagement campaign to raise the awareness of IRM/IG related matters and issues
The Executive is keen to ensure that the IRMS grows from a wide range of funding sources. This helps keep subscriptions as low as we can get them while also allowing the IRMS to keep up with a changing profession and changing technological world (and the joys of inflation). With that in mind we have a range of things underway to broaden our income channels and help add even more benefit and value to the Society. This includes;
- Simon & Ed will be working on the development of a commercial portfolio for use by prospective sponsors and vendors on how they can get involved and support the Society
- We are also researching options for a CRM for IRMS use, with the possibility of extending this into a supplier database for membership use
We have a number of changes underway to improve the Societies overall technical capability to ensure we can deliver the services members need in a timely and 21st century fashion. It also allows us and our wide and diverse range of volunteers to work effectively, share data effectively and securely while ensuring we practice what we preach and effectively manage our data and records. This includes;
- Neil & his ‘eTeam’ will be working on the deployment of Office 365 including a new meeting portal and webinar platform for wider IRMS use
- Neil is also leading a review of our use of YourMembership to ensure we are using the website tools and functionality to the best we can
- I am working with Katy & Simon to review and upgrade of the JobsBoard functionality to ensure it remains fit for purpose and to see where we can grow its use and functionality
- David will be exploring options for changing banks to support our new accounting software and avoiding recent issues with banking access and support (for those of you at the AGM you know of our issues just trying to get online banking access sorted - 18 months and counting!)
And let us not forget the important ‘business as usual’ (although I hate that phrase) work that will be going on. Joe is leading the Conference team to deliver Conference 2020 as well as looking at venues for 2021 and beyond and Jaana is working ever closer with the Group Chairs to support their growth and ensure we can offer a great programme of events across the year.
Amongst all this excitement I am also encouraging the Exec (and indeed anyone else not on the Exec) to think about their futures on the Executive. Where they want to go, and if they see themselves in the Chair role. We have some amazing talent on the Executive and I am genuinely excited about where this team and these people can take the Society. This is my last year as Chair so I would love to leave behind a motivated team keen to better year on year and are driven to aim for the ‘top job’. Each and every one of them has the potential and they are a team that I am continually proud of, especially as they do all this based on their love of Records Management!
We will be in touch with our progress and also ways for you to get involved and help us grow the Society. So please do keep an eye out for a tweet, an email, a message on SocialLink or one of us at a Group event with puppy dog eyes asking for your help on something. It is very much appreciated and a very rewarding experience.
All the best,
Scott Sammons FIIMA, AMIRMS, Cert.NLP