Friday, 27 March 2009

“Welcome to the “From the Chair” blog

This is a brand new feature to our forum and coincides with the official SCNF re-launch and announcement of our Schools & Youth Event in Peterborough on the 23rd April.

In this blog the co-Chairs Kevin Farquharson and Steve Beecroft we will be updating you on all things smart card, relating to local authority implementations and of course seeking your input and comment too. So…….why not help shape the future of smart card projects across the sector and contribute with your comments and share your experiences? Your input and feedback is critical to the ongoing success of the Forum.

We will also be reviewing how other developments in smart card technology outside of council deployments and comment on how they might be used to help local authorities deliver services to their residents.

For our first Official blog we want to up date you on the re-launch and the next event Schools & Youth Event in Peterborough on the 23rd April. We also need to announce the short AGM during the course of the meeting.

Since November, the Core Group has overseen a busy period of renewal of the SCNF. When you next connect to the website, you will find the re-branding launched on 12th March, a comprehensive programme of events and of course a much more useful and effective website We hope you will be pleased with the results and make better use of the forum contacts and resources. We very much welcome feedback, comments and suggestions from our members.

The SCNF Schools and Youth Event, sponsored by Sentinel EasyTrace will showcase and discuss applications for schools and youth services and will include speakers from Bolton Council, Sunderland City Council, Young Scot Card, Kingston Council and Your London Card Scheme. We look forward to meeting members at this exciting event.

Traditionally our AGMs are very short, however as part of the AGM, we must elect the Core Group members for the coming year. This year we expect to be able to elect up to 5 new Full Members to the Core Group. Current Core Group members, any Full Members and Sponsor members may nominate themselves for election by contacting the Treasurer and Chair. Each nominee must name a seconder from another organisation (Sponsor or Full Member). Rest assured, we won’t co-opt anyone on sight at the event!

Visit the website today and experience the new look and easier to access information. We look forward to networking with you all”


Kevin Farquharson & Steve Beecroft

Joint Chairman Smart Card Networking Forum