Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 AGM was held via Zoom, with members and prospective members connecting remotely.
Formalities were minimal as this was not a voting AGM, so reports were delivered from Chair Mike Rudge and President Stephen Hewett before Amy Strang and Armin Guttke talked to the Young Transport Professionals initiative, revealed their new branding, discussed events and Armin Guttke also discussed membership.
Summarising his report Chair Mike Rudge acknowledged the challenge of COVID-19, which had problems for a few in our sector and also ITSNZ with the cancellation of T-Tech a major setback. Mike discussed how we responded with online webinars and events, and membership discounts, the online events had proven very successful. The other major development has been the addition of Academia and Youth board members, the later have recently launched the Young Transport Professionals initiative and it has quickly developed momentum.
In delivering the financial reports Mike acknowledged there had been some major investments last year, in growing T-Tech and at the ITS World Congress in Singapore, however the financial position remains healthy and having examined expenditure we have set practical, affordable and high-value activity goals.
Stephen Hewett updated attendees on international events which have been shuffled. The ITS Asia-Pacific Forum will go ahead in Brisbane in April, while the World Congress will take place in Hamburg next year, LA will get their turn in 2022 before Suzhou China in 2023. He announced that we intend to begin campaigning to host the ITS Asia-Pacific Forum again, last held in New Zealand in 2013.
Stephen also revealed the new Strategy and Business Plan, which sets out ITSNZ objectives for the next two years. In developing the document we engaged members at a workshop in late 2019 and in membership meetings since. We have also taken into account the challenges of COVID-19.
The Strategy and Business Plan incorporate input from across the board members, led by Stephen Hewett with significant input from Lee McKenzie. Readers will note research has an increasing focus as does support for our Young Transport Professionals initiative led by Armin Guttke and Amy Strang.