President's Message

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, I hope you find the information useful and informative. I am delighted to have been voted in as President of the Birmingham Insurance Institute (BII) and look forward to working with council for the benefit of our local membership. Therefore I actively seek your thoughts and comments on the support we offer and invite you to get in touch with us via birminghaminstitute@cii.co.uk

Here is a little more about who we are and what we are about;

Who are we?

We are the second largest Institute in the UK and are run by elected officers, Council and the Young Professionals' Committee. Everyone involved is a volunteer who seek to give something back to the profession in the local area alongside their normal day job.

It is our job to ensure you get the most out of your CII membership by providing local events and initiatives to assist with your career development.

What do we do?

The BII exists to provide educational and developmental support along with networking opportunities to our members living or working within the Birmingham area. It is important to us that you have the appropriate support to enable you to achieve your goals and we can assist you with achieving professional qualifications, as well as providing opportunities for on-going learning and development.

We have given a lot of thought to how we as an Institute can best support our members and the insurance industry in the Birmingham area. We will be rolling out an exciting series of events over the course of the year and we'll contact you by email to tell you more. Please ensure you are opted in to receiving emails from us by logging in to your account at www.cii.co.uk and ‘opt in’ to receive e-mails and communications from your local institute. If you don’t we cannot contact you and tell you about the fantastic events we have arranged. We promise we won’t bombard you with e-mails just useful information to benefit you.

Education & Professional

The BII provides a range of lectures covering a diverse range of interesting and informative topics to support your Continuous Professional Development.

Our team organises CII examinations in Spring (April) and Autumn (October) and for successful candidates there is an award ceremony in November where diplomas, certificates and prizes are presented.

We also offer an annual ‘flagship’ day-long conference held in Birmingham city centre, which is CPD accredited.

If you wish to receive details of these events, please check you are opted in to receive local institute email communications in the 'My CII' part of the CII website (www.cii.co.uk) or take a look at the Events link on this site.

Charity

The BII continues to play a leading role in charity fund raising. My chosen charity is The Way in Wolverhampton. www.thewayyouthzone.org

When choosing my Presidential charity I wanted to give something back to my home city. As someone who grew up and was educated in some of the more deprived areas of Wolverhampton I can really see the positive impact The Way is having on both the community and young people in general. I feel passionate about The Way because it reminds me of my youth and how the concept would have made a tremendous difference back in my younger days.

The Way was built to give the young people of Wolverhampton access to a Youth Zone in January 2016. Ever since then they have been offering young people 8 - 19 or up to 25 with a disability over 20 activities every night (365 days a year) regardless of ability or disability.

Networking

Our social events, particularly our Annual Dinner, are great opportunities for networking and meeting others involved in the Industry, and also provides an enjoyable break from the routine of daily work.

Remember, the Institute is here to serve you, our members, and I recommend you get to know those of us who represent you on Council, and make full use of the services we offer.

Please contact me, or any of the officeholders, should you have a query about anything related to the Council.

On our 'About Us' pages you'll find a contact list of all the Officers on Council, or alternatively, please email me directly at mark.hands@centrixunderwriting.co.uk

We always warmly welcome anyone who wishes to get involved in the Council so please get in touch if you would be interested in finding out more. It is a great way to meet new people in the industry and gives you a chance to get involved with activities outside of your day job.