Chief Executive’s update

A progress report from our Chief Executive Janet Swadling.

It has been a tremendously busy but exciting summer!

Everyone involved with TIAH was delighted when we achieved our status as an official, independent organisation on 1 July. This has been made possible by very strong support from Defra and we are extremely grateful to them for their ongoing commitment to TIAH’s growth and success.

Most of our work following this milestone has involved getting TIAH established by putting our main business systems in place. We have also begun developing our staff structure, and it has been very rewarding to see a diverse range of high calibre, talented people express an interest in working with us.

External engagement continues through a range of stakeholder meetings. This has included our quarterly get together with our industry Consultation Group on 14 September.  As always, the 30-plus members raised a range of pertinent points and asked challenging but important questions. This kind of meaningful discussion is exactly what TIAH wants to ensure our services are built closely around the needs of our ever-changing industry.

The meeting also allowed us to premiere our first Strategic Plan, which covers the period to 2026. It is ambitious but achievable if we continue to work in partnership. I hope you will read the plan.

The publication of our strategy marks a new stage in TIAH’s development. While we are not ready yet to be marketing our services to industry, our profile within the sector is beginning to grow and, over the latter part of this year, we will continue our development and build new partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.