The NHMF invited contractors attending the NHMF conference at Stratford upon Avon in January to a fringe meeting to discuss the setting up of a Contractor Forum.
It was well attended, including by (please excuse us for any names we missed):
Here is the agenda from that meeting with brief notes on the conclusions:
The discussion began by looking at what a forum might do.
It would be a meeting of contractors who work in the maintenance of social housing, to advise the NHMF on promoting good practice in maintenance, and in developing the range of products related to the M3NHF Schedule of Rates.
The meeting was well attended, and the contractors present all thought this was a worthwhile proposal.
The general view was that we should begin with a meeting open to any contractor, and that we should publicise this as widely as possible. After that it probably made sense to have a form of membership, and for the members to elect a committee to represent the interests and concerns of contractors. Ideally the meetings should be in various parts of the country.
An initial membership fee of around £250 to £300 was thought reasonable, to pay for the servicing of the Contractor Forum. Once we have a better idea of the scope of its activities and the costs it must cover, and the extent of the membership we can review the level of fees.
The first “open” meeting should adopt Terms of Reference which the NHMF will draft and circulate ahead of the meeting so that people can comment on them. These will initially be adapted from the NHMF’s terms of reference, and can evolve from there.
The first meeting should be in London, within easy reach of the Euston and other main line stations. It should be towards the end of April, so that the conclusions can be reported to the NHMF Committee meeting in May, and widely circulated in the NHMF Bulletin that gets circulated in May.
It was thought better to have most meetings separate from the NHMF conference.
Paul Reader of Mitie is the current contractor’s representative on the NHMF Committee. The meeting agreed with the suggestion that once the Contractor Forum is up and running it might be better if its chair sat on the NHMF Committee. They were happy for the chair of the NHMF to sit on the Contractor Forum. They were happy for M3 to service the Forum, just as they service the NHMF.
A number of topics of common interest were raised, as examples of the things we could usefully discuss in a Contractor Forum, such as:
31st Jan 2012