Welcome to this edition of the CNW newsletter and to the coming season of networking and CPD.

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the hard work and commitment shown by my predecessor Alan Corbett, who has decided to step down as chair after the best part of a decade. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him continued success in his practice and in taking care of his green fingers. I have great respect and admiration for Alan and aim to continue to meet the standard that he set in the role.

As the new incumbent I would like to invite your co-production in the running of our network group; indeed there would not be a network without your involvement and I think you will agree that the mutual trust and affinity we all share for the profession, and in meeting the needs of our clients, is a motivating factor in our choice to be members.

In order for its continued success I’d like you to consider how you can play a bigger role in shaping and sustaining this superb and much needed community of professionals- Have you considered being a committee member? It’s a rewarding role and one which will enhance your skills and professional profile…
OK, enough hard sell.

I would like to end by recognising that our role as practitioners can often be stressful and CNW offers the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, reduce the risk of feeling isolated and have fun too!

I look forward to seeing you all soon

Steve Leach