In his last president's letter, Jonathan Clark reflects on what has been achieved under his tenure
How time flies! It feels like only yesterday I was writing my first missive for The Journal, setting out my theme for the year to 'develop a united profession' and at the end of my tenure I am hugely proud of what has been achieved.
It has been an honour for me to act as the 108th president of the CII. During the past 12 months, I have travelled the country visiting various CII institutes, attending all kinds of interesting and diverse events, and witnessing the tremendous work our members do every day to promote the standards and professionalism of our sector.
It has also been fantastic to see the new generation of presidents now coming into the fold -- Ipswich, Exeter, Manchester and Liverpool just some examples of institutes boasting young ambassadors who've clearly got a long future in the profession and who are looking to make a positive difference.
"I have been very fortunate to have served as president during a period when the CII is modernising itself, with a very clear idea of the need to change to better serve the public"
My presidential theme was taken from the CII core vision and with that, I have aimed to help us continue to build a true community of professionals. It is important to remind ourselves what being a professional means today -- whether it be continued learning or the right behaviours, empathy and being ethical in all we do. To that end, I have championed a renewed focus on the CII's efforts to promote the profession and to ensure clients' and customers' interests are always at the heart of what we do.
I have also kept a keen eye on my predecessors' themes -- John Moore on Chartered and Inga Beale on developing new talent for the profession. I am sure they will be encouraged by the review of Chartered status completed in the year and by the success of the Aspire programme during this period.
Working together, we should not forget to train, teach, mentor, inform and educate our new talent and, in the process, we can help foster the trust in our profession that we all want to see. I have been very fortunate to have served as president during a period when the CII is modernising itself, with a very clear idea of the need to change to better serve the public. There is still work to be done, but the key elements are definitely now in place to continue to build public
trust in insurance through our engaged membership.
Finally, I would like to wish my successor, Nick Turner, the very best of luck and I know that the role is in safe hands. Thank you all for your support and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Jonathan Clark, president, CII