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Newsletter 12/2014

Chairman's Message | Time for a change and some new direction


I hope this finds you well and looking forward to the festive season. The business council continues to move forward with more Australians seeing the benefits in joining the ABCD.

The AGM is due and with it comes change, I have stepped down after around joining the committee as Treasurer in 2008. I have witnessed a number of changes in the business council throughout my time and one of the nice things about the constitution is that you are only able to stand for Chairperson for 2 years. My time has come to an end and it is now time for someone else to take us forward. I am excited to see what direction the new committee will take us in the coming years. I am sure they will bring fresh ideas and energy to the ABCD, with a foundation in place that will give them every opportunity to succeed.

I am delighted to announce the new Executive Committee who were voted in at the AGM. They will meet in mid January to decide who will be the Chairperson to lead the ABCD in the future. I wish them all the very best:

Grant Bateman, Scott Butcher, Penny Couchman, Carl Dowling, Gina Johnson, Tanya Rabah, David Rymer, Steven Speter, Peter Vanderwal, Rachel Wright and Gerard Seeber.

New Heights in membership numbers

I think that the number of members is reflective of the Dubai being a very busy city, but also that hopefully we are doing some things right to attract and retain new members. We have passed 700 paid members for the first time since 2008 and this looks set to grow for the coming year ahead as well. If you have any suggestions for membership benefits please feel free to drop a note to Justine and the team in the office.

2015 & Beyond

 It is going to be a big year for ABCD with the events calendar being planned out, speakers being contacted and new ways of improving your membership benefits‚Ķthere is a lot to look forward to.

Justine and the team are in the office sporadically over the festive period but should you need to contact us email is always a good option.

In 2015 I will still be an active member of the business council and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Safe travels over the festive period and good luck in 2015.

Warm regards,

Craig Holding
ABCD Chairman

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