Date: October 2016
Terms of reference
Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) was formally established in 1920 and is approaching its centennial year.
Vision for 2020
- A membership that is diverse, demographically balanced and growing, reflecting the needs and capabilities of CSES stakeholders. Specifically to:
- Increase membership from younger and more diverse groups.
- Engage the support of new industry partners, for example, reflecting the development of advanced manufacturing and medical sciences in the region.
- Be seen as the “go to” local organisation for opinion, representation and activities that connect the aspirations of all stakeholders.
- Achieve financial security via increased membership and sponsorship.
- Have an outreach programme that supports a measurable step change in the number of students choosing STEM-related careers.
2016 baseline – where are we now?
- Membership: currently circa 120. Majority retired but with an important and active younger graduate element from local industry.
- Finances: stable, but wholly dependent on a limited number of industrial and local authority sponsors for viability.
- A successful lecture programme, largely in conjunction with the IET. A very successful schools' competition programme and a re-emerging Engineering Our Future initiative.
Strategic imperatives and success metrics
- A 50% increase in membership over the next 3 years, with a significant proportion of younger and more diverse groups.
- Increase our external income by 10%.
- Review subscription fees and types of membership and move to an online system that will increase income and minimise administration.
- The adoption of a minimum of two large, private sector Council members from emergent industries.
- Representation at Council of regional SMEs.
- Continue and exploit the momentum generated by the Schools' competition and My Smarter Essex and increasing our interaction with Chelmsford secondary schools.
- Increase the number of bursaries awarded to schools and colleges for STEM activities.
- Develop a larger independent education, lecture and social programme with a significant online presence that appeals to younger, more diverse members.