As the Institute launches its strategic manifesto John Moore highlights his mission to make Chartered the gold standard of the profession.
During the past few months, I have been heavily involved with the Chartered Insurance Institute's (CII) strategic review supported by PwC. It was fascinating to take views from a wide variety of people including CII staff, our membership and corporate partners; and to quiz them about the changing market and how your professional body should adapt, improve and deliver in the future.
With the winds of change swirling around Aldermanbury, this has proved to be an invaluable opportunity to meet the executive team, get a glimpse into how the CII operates and view at first hand the determination to further our mission to guide the profession with education and ethical behaviour.
My passion is that Chartered status should be recognised as the pinnacle of professionalism. That is why Choose Chartered is at the centre of the journey outlined in this Manifesto. It is the inspiration that means practitioners throughout the sector, working with the CII, can earn and build public trust. My dream is that, during my lifetime, insurance professionals will achieve parity of reputation with the established professions such as surveying, law and accountancy.
I will soon be taking that Chartered dream on the road to visit local Institutes from Plymouth to Inverness, in order to champion the gold standard of Chartered status. I want to urge business leaders to look again at their budgets and perhaps invest more generously in training and development towards a Choose Chartered future of professional learning.
From my experience, the challenge of qualifications attracts better talent, offers a plan to develop and retains the interest towards future management and executive positions. But most importantly it should engage the next generation, draw out any hidden potential and offer inspiration towards a higher standard of achievement. And all that drives an improved business performance.
Work to do
During the past month, I was also interested to share opinions with insurer corporate members but sensed there was still some work to do around influencing the real values of Chartered, the career benefits to colleagues and how the status potentially differentiates to advantage in the market.
When you have a browsing moment, I ask that you visit www.cii.co.uk and enjoy the Choose Chartered video. Hopefully on my travels we will get to meet -- I am always anxious to talk with the young professional groups and listen to councils' ideas for improvement.
Finally, I was impressed when attending the recent Insurance Institute of London annual general meeting by the range of awards and the drive to attract young talent, with the advancement in technology a future 'must'. If you are in a local Institute that doesn't have an achievement award, it might be something that you should consider creating.
If you would like to speak to me about Choose Chartered or any other area of interest to me as your president, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to hear from you.
John Moore MBE ACII is president at the CII.
"The challenge of qualifications attracts better talent"