Welcome Message - SCMT Chair Dick Hubbard
Over the years I have been Chair of a number of organisations both in the commercial sector and in the not for profit sector.
However being inaugural Chair of the Southern Communities Media Trust ( SCMT ) is a particular and special pleasure for me and indeed I consider it an honour to be in this position.
I am passionate about strong and resilient community development of a type that benefits all sectors of a community and not just the articulate and empowered few. The core to a strong community in my opinion is to have a thinking community.
And a thinking community must be an informed and engaged community. That is exactly what I believe this project delivers. It is as simple at that.
But at the same time we must acknowledge it also draws on a vast pool of journalistic experience from Peter Newport and his team of highly professional and highly experienced journalists. We are fortunate to have access to such a deep pool of journalistic talent.
I therefore commend this initiative to you and I am excited about its launch today. May we be able to look back from sometime in the future and say that today was a significant milestone for the community that we love and cherish so much down here in the Southern Alps.
Inaugural Chair of SCMT