President's Message

I was expecting to serve as your Deputy President this year but following a change in career, Dean Henningham the President elected at the AGM in April 2019, has decided to step down.

I am delighted to have been asked to step up 10 months early.

My last Presidential role for Coventry was in 2002 - it doesn't feel like 17 years ago - where does the time go?  I am pleased that the Institute continues to thrive and we have young and enthusiastic council members to ensure it's future.

Our Charity this year will be the Alzheimer's Society, which we will be raising funds for at all our social events.

The Education Committee led by Kevin Morris have already arranged 8 lectures for the forthcoming 12 months with just 2 more to organise to complete a varied program.  If there are any subjects you would like to see on the syllabus card please contact him at

The popular Annual Dinner has already been booked for next year at the Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry.  This will be held on Friday 31st January 2020 and is likely to be sold out quickly.  If you want to get ahead email to register your interest.

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I look forward to meeting you over the next 12 months.

Ian Hickling