Meet our first member to receive GCMA Accreditation

After North Hants' general manager Rob Climas became our first Accredited manager, we spoke to him about his motivation for pursuing his new status, his leadership principles and what he learned about himself during the process. Congratulations on receiving your level 3 GCMA Accreditation! What was your motivation pursuing the process? For the last few years I've been conscious that, although I've got extensive experience in the industry, I haven't done much further education. What I liked about the GCMA Accreditation scheme is that it recognises those who have done the job for a long time, but perhaps haven't gained further qualifications in recent years. What did it mean to you personally to be the first GCMA Accredited manager? I had been working on it for a while and wanted to get it submitted at the earliest opportunity. I was absolutely delighted to get the email from Tom confirming my accreditation. How did you find the accreditation application process? My first thought was that I was going to fall short on the CPD points required. I can recall all my successes and failures throughout my career, but I thought hitting the benchmark for CPD points was going to be difficult. However, when I sat down and thought about it, I have more than enough, from conferences, training events and leadership courses to reach the benchmark - I qualified as a PGA qualification in the late 90s and that could be included, so that was a big chunk of the required CPD points. One of the positives of going through the process was that it's the first time for a long time I've sat down and looked back and documented what I've achieved in my career. I'm not one that reflects back too much on what's happened in the past – I try to look forward. So it was it was a good opportunity to sit back and reflect on what I've done over the last 25 years, and by the time I got to the end, I had more than enough points to hit the threshold. How did you manage to distil 25 years’ worth of management into one form? It was difficult working out what to include and what to leave out. I'm pretty open-minded with this stuff and also reflect a lot not just on successes, but failures too. I've never been shy about failure, so I think I referenced that on more than one occasion during the process, discussing where I've got things wrong and learnt from it. I see and hear many people who have been in the industry for a number of years, and they feel like they've got nothing to learn, but for me it's quite the opposite. I'm learning every day, and I continue to make mistakes every day, and I think having that mindset is healthy and important if one wants to continue to improve. What do you hope the professional benefits of being an accredited manager will be? I hope it...
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