The IHBC and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in London on 12 May, the first of a wider programme of structured partnering with organisations currently being developed as part of the IHBC’s Corporate Plan for 2020, ‘CP20’.
Mike Brown, IHBC Chair, said: ‘After many months of delicate negotiation I am very pleased that the IHBC and CIfA have signed this Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU recognises that we are the two leading professional bodies practising within the historic environment, each with its own locus and skill-sets, and that we should recognise, and encourage others to recognise, our different but complementary characteristics.’
‘I am indebted to the vision and courage shown by Jan Wills, the Honorary Chairman of CIfA, in realising the MoU. I believe that both institutions can now look forward to stronger relations based on mutual respect and closer cooperation that will benefit the wider historic environment and all of Britain’s heritage.’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The Memorandum of Understanding is a core tool in our partnering strategy – helping us build on the more informal good intentions of our representatives and officers – so it is great news that we have taken a first critical step in this programme.’
‘This will be the first of at least five MoUs that we’ve committed to grow as part of our AGM approved corpotate planning strategy for 2020, or ‘CP20’.’
For more on the CIfA see http://www.archaeologists.net
For details on the operation of the MoU, which will include support for complementary membership benefits, please monitor our NewsBlogs.
See the IHBC’s CP20