It has been yet another fantastic month of Sport in Scotland. I am sure everyone who managed to visit Gleneagles and enjoy the atmosphere, would agree that yet again, we (Scotland) have done ourselves proud as hosts of a worldwide sporting event. It was even better that the trophy was retained by the European Team.
The Scottish Independence vote is now past, for some there is disappointment and for others relief. Time will tell if the promises made by Westminster will be realised.
Bringing matters back to our industry, this is the last month of the third quarter and a busy time for many. As we move into the final quarter of 2014, both Insurers and Brokers are looking at budgets and opportunities for 2015 as well as continuing with “business as usual”, always a challenging time for everyone.
There are a number of good seminars and presentations coming out over the coming months organised by both the IASG’s Professional Development Group and the Young Professionals. Check out the events list on our website.
October is “exam time” for many, and on behalf of IASG we wish everyone “good luck”.
As Ashwin Mistry commented in the recent publication of the CIIs monthly membership magazine The Journal…. “Professionalism is linked strongly to the public trust agenda that is invading all spheres of national life, from politics and public bodies to banks and big business”. Is our professionalism prejudiced by our media image of cuddly toys and opera singers?
We have a duty as professionals to inspire confidence in our abilities both to each other and our clients and customers.
Before I sign off for the month I would like to announce that Andy MacFarlane from ACE will be taking on the role of Deputy President for the rest of my presidential term. Andy brings a wealth of industry experience to the role and will help deliver the objectives I set myself back at the AGM before moving onto the Presidential role in 2015.
Lorraine Dillett, President
Lorraine Dillett, IASG President