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2012 CFSMA Conference Report

Conference Report
CFSMA Conference & AGM 2012
Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, 12-14 October

Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort
The 2012 CFSMA Conference at Forest Pines Hotel was a great success with delegates from across the UK treated to fascinating education sessions, great opportunities to network, and the celebration of a new president for 2012/13! All photos from the conference are now available on the NACO Facebook page.

Brian Taylor, CFSMA President 2011/12Presidential Address
Brian Taylor, CFSMA President 2011/12
Friday 12th September, saw Brian Taylor address conference as CFSMA National President.

Throughout his address, Brian referenced the conference theme of 'Leading from the Front' and made clear that the work put into the education sessions on the future of funerals, the future of marketing and the challenges of modern media were to be the highlights of the weekend.

To download Brian Taylor's full Presidential Address, visit the 2012 conference page.

Following conference, Brian wanted to thank everyone involved:

"I would like to say thank you to all that attended, helped or supported the conference. I hope the educational sessions made you think about the future and how, as managers, we need to foresee change, plan ahead and be innovative to ensure that Co-operative funerals keep setting the standards, raising the bar and 'leading from the front'!"

CFSMA Educational Sessions
The education sessions lived up to Brian's address in every way. The four sessions delivered at conference were well received by members and provided an insight into the future of the funeral profession that members from all societies thought would be of real value when looking ahead and preparing their businesses for 2013 and beyond.

The Future of Funerals by Barry Clark of Future Foundations and The Future of Marketing by Lorinda Robinson and John Taylor are available on the 2012 conference page here.

Installation of 2012/13 President
Andrew Beveridge,
Scottish and Northern Ireland Division

Conference closed with the 2012 CFSMA Banquet and the Installation of Andrew Beveridge as CFSMA National President for 2012/13. 

Andrew Beveridge:
"I am proud to take up this prestigious position and lead the Co-operative Funeral Service Managers Association for the forthcoming year.  The theme for my Presidential Year, and my conference, is 'Pride, Teamwork and Success'. I know from the past 20 years that pride and teamwork are essential in ensuring our future success."

Andrew went on to thank the Co-operative Group for supporting him in the coming year, with particular thanks to his line manager John Williamson, Past President, and George Tinning, Past President and Managing Director of Co-operative Funeralcare, and his Executive Committee.

Andrew concluded:
"At this time, I would like to extend an invitation on behalf of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Division to join with us at Conference next year in the heart of Scotland, at the Westerwood in Cumbernauld. The hotel has everything to offer and ensure a successful, educational and enjoyable weekend - 4th-6th October 2013." A slideshow preview of Conference 2013 is available here.

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