Secretary-General Report, Professor Rob Padbury

It is with great pleasure that I write my first report as Secretary-General of the IHPBA. It is an honor to have been nominated for this position and the responsibility it entails. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, John Windsor from Auckland for his efforts over the previous 4 years.

The last 8 months has been a period of significant transition for the association. As mentioned in the President’s report, ACS Global have taken over from Crow Segal as our administrator. The skill and energy of Camilla O’Brien and Alison Shamwana will keep the Executive and Council on track to deliver for the IHPBA.

The membership of the IHPBA remains strong but the actual number of members is significantly less than the number of attendees at the international and regional congresses. I would encourage members to persuade their non-member colleagues to join, not only the IHPBA but also their regional and national societies. As outlined in the President’s report, we are aiming to increase the value and benefits of membership.

I had the pleasure of attending the Americas HPB meeting in Miami in late February and will be attending the E-AHPBA meeting in Belgrade in May. Last week was the A-P HPBA meeting in Shanghai which was from all reports a very successful conference. All of these meetings are very informative and extremely valuable for networking as well as educational content. In future years it would be valuable to spread these regional association meetings out across the calendar year and the councils of the Regional Association could consider some coordination of the scheduling.

Finally, the next IHPBA international meeting is in Seoul, South Korea from March 22-27, 2014. I would strongly encourage you to diarize these dates and plan to attend, what promises to be, a most exciting congress.

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