17 January 2018
Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. It is my pleasure to step into the role of QLS president and to continue the great work of promoting good law and good lawyers for the public good. I hope that all of our members enjoyed a restful Christmas season with family and friends, and are now refreshed as we begin a new year.
As a profession it could be said that we never sleep – and we have certainly hit the ground running at QLS. As president for this year, it is my goal to work together with QLS Council and staff, stakeholders, committee chairs and members to ensure that we are looking after the best interests of our profession. At the start of the year, a number of requests to meet with stakeholders were sent out, including to Queensland’s Attorney-General. We were grateful to receive a response on the same day from the Attorney-General inviting acting CEO Matt Dunn and myself to meet with her.
We have an exciting year to look forward to, with many professional development and networking events available for members, a new chief executive officer starting in March, a newly combined QLS Symposium and Legal Profession Dinner, a reappointed Queensland Government, and many other key initiatives.
Firstly, I would like to thank our members and QLS Council and staff for welcoming me to the role. I also wish to congratulate Rolf Moses on accepting the role of QLS chief executive officer. We also have several new members on our Council this year, and I look forward to working with them to further the interests of our profession.
I will have my first opportunity to not only welcome our new Councillors, but also commence our work together when we have our first Council meeting for the year in early February. This meeting will also see us set the strategic direction for the Society, following on from the previous Council’s approval of the 2017-21 Strategic Plan. Included in this plan is looking at the continuous improvement of our member offerings and experience, and ensuring that we balance the value we provide to members and the public while remaining a sustainable organisation.
You can keep up to date with what your Society is doing for you and upcoming events via the QLS website, social media pages and the president’s Twitter account, @QLSpresident.
Ken Taylor, QLS president