That was the year that was
In his last missive for The Journal, CII president John Moore looks back on a busy 12 months at the helm
With my last president’s letter, I’d like to offer some reflection on ‘Your CII’ from the past couple of months.
The recent board meeting was robust and challenging, with progress reports from the executive team on the change programme. Financials were examined, our relationship with the FCA and other suppliers questioned, the professional ethical standards checked and the impressive Sara Ager, of Ec3 Legal, took us thoroughly through the risk analysis.
The transformation programme is ambitious, relevant and exciting – with Laurence Smith, director of programme management at the CII, offering a most detailed report on progress and timetable to completion.
I found the April-May edition of The Journal fascinating and a must-read for CPD. It was a shame the broker sector article and the Ecclesiastical survey did not speak more about my ‘Choose Chartered’ dream, but nevertheless it was encouraging to see the survey respondents vote strongly about the need for educating the public on what a broker does and what they bring to a business relationship.
In my view, brokers need to think Chartered to change this public perception.
The London New Generation Group article also grabbed my interest, looking at how technology is changing to advance junior roles more quickly than ever. And may I also say, a superb interview with Stephen Catlin, who has had a truly remarkable career and continues his driving ambition to attract young talent to our profession. Finally, I really liked the honest reflections on getting qualified that came from young Oliver Swinburn in his back page blog.
ROOM FOR INNOVATION
From my travels, meetings and most enjoyable local institute dinners, I have a few ideas to throw around. Firstly, the CII and local institutes should be working amicably and more constructively together, on dinner events and CPD events alike. Both get us engaged with the profession and help inspire the vast numbers of unqualified members. I also believe the CII should consider a roadshow each year around the UK, an online suggestion box through to the CEO and create a fund for Young Professional Groups at all institutes.
We should also work more closely and take further benefit from the The British Insurance Brokers’ Association Conference; and with our corporate insurer partners, find a more joined-up accredited learning programme.
The debate goes on of course and I am very disappointed to have missed the Network Conference, which I am sure was full of committed friends wanting the best from ‘Your CII’.
Last month, my national president’s dinner was a lovely evening in the majestic banqueting house in Whitehall. I must say I was a little nervous, but hopefully the strong and passionate Chartered message got through. My thanks for all your support and especially to the events management team for making it a fantastic night.
Finally, it has been a huge privilege to act as your president and I now look forward to the AGM, with the dynamic and talented Dame Inga Beale a strong candidate to take the president’s chair.
Good luck Dame Inga, and thank you all.
John Moore MBE is president of the CII
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