Monday, June 07, 2021

The new normal? Tower Hamlets "blended" Pension Board meeting 7/6/21

This morning I cycled to Tower Hamlets Council's Town Hall to take part in a "blended" physical and virtual meeting of its Pension Board. 

I am a trade union appointed member of the board which "assists" the Council in the running of its billion pound plus staff pension fund. I have been a member of the Pension Board for the past 5 years and before that an observer on its Pension Panel/Committee since (around) 1996. 

So it was good to go back to Mulberry Place after such a long absence due to Covid and to see people again in real life but most Board members, officers and advisors still joined virtually. 

Interestingly I had forgotten/miscalculated how long it takes to get ready and then "commute" (cycle in this case) into physical meetings and arrived only just in time for the start. 

Also, the Board meeting overran (for good reasons since there was a lot of important business to discuss) and since I had not allowed for this and the commute home then this impacted badly on my back to back virtual meetings for the rest of the day. 

So today I was reminded of the efficiency of virtual meetings but also how nice it is to meet real people in real buildings. However, I need to organise my diary better if this "blend" is going to be the new normal. 

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