In case you couldn’t make it, or that you didn’t manage to get round to talking to all the interesting people who were there, this week your scribe will try and give you a glimpse of what must be the STA’s best ever party. Because I was commissioned to write a feature on the event for September’s Market Technician magazine, your trusty blogger flew into full-on social butterfly mode, collaring all and sundry for views about the society, how it had evolved, and the party. These will keep; more important was what Chairman Axel Rudolph had to say.
In the semi-circular top floor (9th floor) events venue of City Hall, surrounded with circular walkway/balcony affording the best views in London, a small stage was set up where a fine string quartet entertained guests. Generous drinks and delicious canapés circulated, served by a top-class team.
About 200 people were there, monthly meeting regulars, all the STA Committee, STA Administrative Services, and IFTA delegates from Europe and as far as Nigeria, Hong Kong and three from Japan.
Having had the guest cartoonist draw his family, something his grown-up kids were really excited about, Axel got onto the stage and quickly got the room’s attention. Kicking off with a brief outline of the Society’s modest beginnings, via the Diploma course ( now running for over 25 years) he estimates that the STA has probably educated 10,000 market and non-market professionals. No wonder the examiners mark around 500 papers per year!
Sitting down, making notes at this point, was when he dropped the bombshell – for this member anyway. Axel had decided that it was time to step down as chairman of the STA – at the end of this calendar year – so we’d have him for a little longer. Stepping into his shoes, and big ones to fill, was Tom Hicks. Many STA members will know him – the tall young man who organises the speakers and introduces them at the monthly meetings. He was also key in getting us chartists into limbering up for the annual JP Morgan fun run in Battersea Park. I’m told he has all sorts of other ideas up his sleeve when he takes over. We ‘anxiously’ await with bated breath.
Click here to see photos and a video from the event.