29 February 2016

2014-15 Annual Report: Building on our strong foundation

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We’re presenting our 2014–15 annual report, titled Building on our strong foundation, at our Annual General Meeting later this month.

In the report, our President, Andrew Read FIPENZ, and Chief Executive, Susan Freeman-Greene, reflect on Susan’s first year at the helm; a year in which we welcomed 2,644 new Members to the IPENZ family, and improved our financial position from deficit to surplus by year end.

We’ve achieved a lot. From advocating for engineers with government as they developed occupational regulations, to revamping our website and Membership database, to partnering with the Tertiary Education Commission to introduce more young people to engineering, we focused on building a strong profession our Members can be proud of. This year’s annual report is our chance to highlight and celebrate this work – and all our volunteers who helped us to do it.

Susan and Andrew sum up the year as one of “change”; one where we celebrated our heritage – and our centenary – and looked at how our changing world is affecting the engineering profession. In the report, Andrew and Susan discuss how technological developments and increased scrutiny affect how engineers work. They say: “the essence of what it means to be an engineer isn’t just about technical solutions. In an increasingly scrutinised profession, it’s about behaving as a responsible professional – which brings both opportunities and responsibilities. Professionalism is at the heart of everything we do. It means focusing not only on what you do, but also on how you’re doing it.”

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We’ve got some work to do to remain relevant and keep fulfilling our purpose of supporting our Members. Susan and Andrew say “Members’ needs are our priority; we do our best work when we’re representing your interests to government and to the public. Next year, we’ll continue what we’ve started, working with other organisations to make sure your voice is heard and the profession’s future is secure.”

Our theme of change continues in 2016 as we work to become a smarter, more relevant organisation for today’s world. The report summarises our areas of strategic focus: Engineering Leadership; Professional Standards; Membership; Outreach and Corporate Services. We’ve got a lot planned in each of these areas, and use the report to share just a few of them.

In 2015–16, we’ll roll out our new Code of Ethical Conduct and continue our review of our complaints and discipline processes. We’ll increase the scope of our Futureintech programme, with more facilitators in place to extend our reach to more schools around the country. Plus, we’ll make a fundamental shift in how we serve our Members and will better align ourselves to your needs.

Susan says: “We’ve achieved a lot in our year of change, moving towards our goal of becoming a more modern and accessible organisation. Our new areas of strategic focus will help us continue that work. We’re excited for the year ahead and look forward to working with our Members to build a stronger profession for all New Zealand’s engineers.”

Read Building on our strong foundation (PDF 6MB)

Financial statements

Read the full IPENZ financial statements (PDF 2.5MB)

Read the full IPENZ Foundation financial statements (PDF 1.2MB)