President’s Report

Happy February! We have just five more months as an independent society and there’s much to do as we begin the transition.

At our January committee meeting, though, it was obvious this hasn’t deterred our committee from making things better and better for our members, right across our portfolios.

With good reason. Even though we’ll be a branch from 1 July – with things such as finance centralised – we’ll still be here, fostering the local identity that has grown more powerful each day of our 45 years.

As more and more of us work freelance or as contractors, Editors Victoria becomes increasingly important in keeping us in touch with each other.

Local Presence Crucial

We need our local network to keep us in touch with our industry and help us to keep learning, to keep retraining so we’re on top of the exponentially growing changes caused by technology, globalisation and disruption.

We need our collegial events and we need our networking events.

We need to keep in touch, whether face-to-face via our wonderful dinner meetings and freelance lunches, or online via social media and our newsletter. Do you follow Editors Victoria as well as Secret Editors' Business on Facebook? I love these pages. Did you attend the January freelance lunch? Will we see you at this month’s dinner meeting on Wednesday 10 February?

Around the Portfolios

Ron Thiele, our training officer, has built on the revolutionary framework put in place by our professional development officer (and vice-president), Davina Dadley-Moore, and Pam Firth, the outgoing training officer who is returning to the UK. Ron’s locked in a whole year of training courses! Stay tuned.

We’ll be letting you know how we can help you prepare for the 2016 accreditation exam, which will be held on 25 June, and on-screen for the first time. In the lead-up, we’ll have face-to-face information sessions and also webinars.

What will our memberships look like under the national structure? As we get closer it will all become clearer. We’re waiting on a bundle of documentation from IPEd that’s almost finalised. As we find out more, so too will you.

Stay tuned also for our new events calendar – some treats ahead will both inspire and stimulate you. Our 45th anniversary–Christmas cocktail event is a hard act to follow, but that was only the beginning!

You will have updated and proofread your Freelance Register entry by now. Haven’t you?

Thanks to our committee and staff! For the exciting initiatives and also the solid slog that goes into keeping Editors Victoria thriving.

Read on!

Jackey Coyle