President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Peterborough (IIP) website

It is a great honour to be elected to serve as your President of the Insurance Institute of Peterborough until the 2017 AGM.

I would like to thank my predecessor, Caroline Ford, for handing over a local institute that is growing in members, has a first class program of CPD events for both general insurance and PFS members, has a dynamic team of Young Insurance Professionals and has well supported social events that not only provide excellent networking opportunities (and a few sore heads afterwards!) but also help raise much needed funds for our deserving charities.

Some of you may know that I suffered life changing injuries following an horrific car accident in February 2015. Having been told that I may be paralysed from the neck down for the rest of my life due to spinal cord damage and would likely be hospitalised for 18 months, it is nothing short of a miracle that I returned home 2 months later and was quickly walking and gaining strength in my arms thanks to a tough rehabilitation regime managed by first class medics. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming support Joanne and I have received from so many of you since the accident.

It is with my recovery against all the odds in mind, that I feel my message for my presidential term has to be one of encouraging all members to have the drive, ambition and tenacity to achieve their goals. With us hopefully entering a period of recovery after the global economic crisis, many of us have experienced a number of challenging years. Clients have been suffering, and their resultant cutbacks have had a considerable knock on effect for our profession. Now is the time for us to re-energise, and drive our own and our client’s businesses forward. As insurance professionals we should be proud of the expert knowledge and advice we can impart, even throughout an ever changing regulatory landscape. With drive, ambition and tenacity we can create our own ‘good fortune’, and the impossible can sometimes become achievable.

I hope to continue the great work of our local institute in providing an engaging education program, and in encouraging young people to join and excel in our oft maligned industry.

We have a full program of social events, and hope to raise considerable funds for The Insurance Charities and my nominated charities: Peterborough Cathedral 900, Peterborough Area Down’s Syndrome GroupMAGPAS Air Ambulance and Shine. Please come along and have fun whilst helping us support these deserving charities, with our Quiz Night, Annual Dinner, Race Night and Golf Tournament all receiving great reviews from past attendees.

The first dinner of my presidential term was a unique event, having secured the incredible surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 5th February 2016. This exclusive and prestigious black tie event sold out fast. In addition to an excellent four course taster menu we were entertained by the well known and loved comedienne, impressionist, actress and singer, Debra Stephenson. This was an event not to be missed - with a beautiful venue, an in-demand entertainer… and my presidential speech (which had many in tears - sorry!) We managed to raise an incredible £4,670 for the Peterborough 900 Appeal.

For our dinner on Friday 3rd February 2017 we hope to surpass our incredible 2016 efforts with the following:

  • A unique, sophisticated and exclusive venue that will leave you speechless
  • CII Deputy President, Inga Beale, who, in 2014, became the first female chief executive officer in the 328 years history of Lloyd's of London
  • Entertainment will be provided by Ian Keable, comedy magician and mind reader
  • Live Band & DJ
  • Charity Casino Tables
  • All proceeds will be donated to MAGPAS Air Ambulance without whom I would not be here today

This is going to be an unforgettable evening. We have kept the ticket price at last year's Early Bird rate of £75 (£95 after 31st December 2016) and have a unique opportunity of two VIP tables at £100 person (Glass tables on raised platform and free access to the VIP upstairs President's bar).

The work of the local institute would not be possible without the team of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to help organise and run our events. If you would like to be part of this dynamic team I would be delighted to discuss how you could help shape our local insurance landscape for the future. Please drop me an email.