On behalf of the entire Branch Committee, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to another year of education and, as we emerge cautiously from the pandemic, networking and social events for trust and estate professionals. We continue with webinars in July and August, as part of the ongoing Financial Advisor Webinar Series. As we continue to look to revert fully to in-person events eventually, hopefully by January 2023, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to confirm at least one Branch-level activity in person in 2022. Our Mid-Autumn Festival networking event, a big hit in the years we organised it pre-COVID, makes a long-awaited return on 9 September as our first in-person social event in more than two and a half years. We cannot wait to meet members and other industry practitioners face to face over relaxed Friday night drinks, while enjoying a delightful Chinese cultural experience.
This will be a precursor to the STEP Asia Conference, which will make its glorious return on 15 and 16 November at Marina Bay Sands. This gives us at the Singapore branch the distinct privilege of hosting both local and foreign-based speakers and participants – hopefully in numbers to match conferences in the old normal – in the same physical space for the first time since 2019. Full agenda and registration details will be announced shortly.
As part of STEP Singapore’s evolution and growth this year, we continue to align our focus with the rest of the organisation on enhancing STEP’s position in setting professional standards, providing innovative education, and in thought leadership. On the latter, we want to be able to hold ourselves out as a professional society with active membership that makes us a leading authority on subject areas we champion, our and our members’ expertise recognised and sought by policymakers, regulators, the media and other key stakeholders locally and regionally. Starting with our STEP Asia Conference programme and our other educational sessions, we want to help members build capability, credibility and confidence on such topics as trusts, responsible stewardship of wealth, mental capacity, modern families and digital assets. We hope, in time, to also initiate and engage in dialogue with key stakeholders in these areas. We also look forward to welcoming new and diverse practitioners not already STEP members to our distinguished organisation.
I welcome back Goh Seow Chee, Angela Koh, Lynette Lee, Serene Lim, Keith Ng, John Shoemaker, Sim Bock Eng and Annette Sui as fellow volunteer members of this Branch Committee, with a shared commitment to being deeply invested in maximising the STEP offering to each and every member. STEP cannot function without the support of our volunteers, and we would love to hear from any members who feel similarly encouraged to volunteer to serve whether through office or elsewhere in the voluntary life of the Branch.
I thank you in advance for your support for our events and initiatives, and look forward to meeting many of you in person in the coming year.