About the FIA
To promote high standards of service within the fibreoptic industry and to represent its members at a national and international level. These are achieved by:
- providing specialist information and support services to our membership;
- providing a “shop-window” for our members products and services.
The membership profile of the FIA comprises manufacturers, suppliers, installers and users. Membership status depends upon members activity and geographical location. Membership fees depend both upon category of membership and turnover.
FIA memberships start from £25 / year.
You can also sign up for a FREE online only account which gives you access to FIA newsletters and free FIA whitepapers.
The Fibreoptic Industry Association Limited was inaugurated in February, 1990 and has the legal status of a Company Limited by Guarantee. It has its own Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. They are reproduced here to help others establish similar organisations around the world.
The Fibreoptic Industry Association is managed from the United Kingdom by the FIA Secretariat with the support of a management Council.
While many non-UK members are serviced direct from the UK, certain regions may have semi-autonomous FIA Regional Offices. In these offices, dedicated FIA staff provide direct assistance to members in those countries/regions and provide additional support in terms of translation, region-specific events etc.
The FIA Council
The FIA Council comprises elected individuals taken from the FIA membership (appointed or re-appointed in rotation at each year’s AGM) and co-opted persons (where projects require additional skills and commitment).
FIA Council Membership Rules
Before being nominated for a position on the FIA Council it is important to realise that, following a successful election at an AGM, each Council member not only has to provide new ideas but also has to:
- deliver on those ideas;
- attend Council meetings to discuss and help implement the ideas of others.
Similarly it is important for the employer of the electee to be fully supportive if the election is successful. Over the recent years the latter situation has been further complicated by Council members leaving one member company and joining another. It is not always clear that their new employers fully understand the responsibilities which are tied in with employing an FIA Council member.
This page is provided as a reminder of those responsibilities. The factors highlighted should be taken into account when nominations for FIA Council are made.
Item 18.7 of the Articles of Association of the Fibreoptic Industry Association Limited states that “nominees for Council membership shall be proposed and seconded by other members”. This should not be confused with the fact that the FIA member employer has to support the nomination in terms of resource. Therefore, it may be worthwhile recalling what the minimum commitments actually are.
An FIA Council Member has a duty to attend Council meetings (typically these are held bi-monthly). The employer needs to allow the employee appropriate time to attend the meetings. In response the FIA are happy to pay appropriate expenses to the member – removing that financial load from the employer – although we are grateful that so many employers do not take advantage of this option since it keeps funds in the FIA.
The general rule, contained in Item 12 in the Articles of Association of the Fibreoptic Industry Association Limited, is that if a member fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings in 9 months he/she can be disqualified in order to allow another more committed person to take up the role.
It is also normal for an FIA Council member to be allocated a specific sector responsibility which may incur additional time. Employers should be made aware of such additional tasks as may be required and shall commit on the employees behalf to support the additional resource required. If this does not occur then FIA plans can be severely impacted, which in the long term affects the viability of the FIA.