The committee are sad to be losing Rod McIntosh. His leadership, experience and enthusiasm have been an inspiration. Here, Rod reflects on his three year tenure as SEOS chairman.
"As I reflect back on coming up to three years as Chairman of SEOS, I wonder where the time has gone? It was not that long ago that I was the new kid with enthusiasm, ideas and questions. It has been an exciting and challenging time.
Across the Open Studio Network we have seen some seismic shifts in the landscape: shrinkage, change and losses to other events. I am proud to have been part of a dedicated committee that has worked within an uncertain financial climate. Seen opportunities to clarify our offer to members and continue to provide a great annual event that is excellent value for money and develop membership benefits throughout the year.
I have enjoyed working with the committee and meeting the membership, hearing what drives you to participate in SEOS and what your gains have been. Either as a first timer or those amongst us who hold the legacy. I have benefitted greatly from my time, developed relationships, acquired new skills and had a lot of fun.
SEOS is still developing, listening and responding to the needs of its’ broad membership and will I am sure face the next 16 years with pride, optimism and creativity. It is an exciting time to join and I will be sad and happy to pass the mantle over to an incoming Chairman as I step back to spend more time in my studio and garden".