The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was created by Past President Richard Haddon and includes the full presidential chain, the CEO and the Chairman of all seven working committees. Depending on the meeting agenda, guests and other members are invited to attend, normally to provide an update on a specific issue or strategic objective. The committee was originally envisaged to be in existence for a short period, but still continues to this day - although with a slightly different remit to their initial role. The SPC, which was formerly the Executive Board and prior to this the Finances and General Purposes Committee, reports to Council with regard to policy matters and makes recommendations accordingly. Their core function is the preparation of a business plan to ensure that the agreed business strategy is being delivered. Recently, the focus has been to help reshape the Institution to meet the changing needs of stakeholders and the wider gas industry.