President's Message

 

As I approach the end of my Presidential year, I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months

When I accepted the Deputy Presidents role in a conversation with my predecessor, Tim West in early 2020, little did we know what the following 2 years would bring. I’m sure many would agree that the Covid Pandemic has probably changed the face of our industry for ever. Working from home has become part of a new normal. A hybrid model used to be reserved for a vehicle running on 2 sources of power, but now I hear it used to described someone’s working pattern

I began my Presidential year with renewed hope that we could return to a place of face-to-face networking, CPD and social events, including reigniting several postponed charity events. Whilst I am pleased to say we are now starting to return to that, the emergence of new variants, particularly omicron and the changing restrictions meant a lot of what I and the rest of Council had hoped to do in 2021/2022 sadly didn’t materialise.

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Stuart Harbourne
President at the Birmingham Insurance Institute

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