President's Message

As I approach the end of my Presidential year, I thought that I would reflect on a bizarre and unprecedented last 12 months.

When I accepted the Deputy President’s role in April 2019, none of us had any idea that, by the end of my predecessor, Mark Hands’, year, our offices would be closed, all social events and networking cancelled, along with Mark’s Annual Dinner in March 2020.

We also had no idea that the COVID-19 pandemic would mean that these restrictions would continue throughout my Presidential year.

Nevertheless, we have adapted well to a virtual environment and have continued to deliver exceptional CPD events to our 5,000+ members. These have reached a wide audience of CII members and are often over-subscribed. We have been acknowledged by the CII as the leading local institute in this regard.

We have also been active in working with the CII as they seek to restructure their organisation and processes.

We have a very strong Council of committed, experienced and professional individuals who give freely and voluntarily of their time and resources. We also have an active and enthusiastic Young Professionals Group. I am indebted to each of the Officers and Council Members for the support they have given me during this difficult year.

Sadly, the two areas that have suffered most due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are our networking events and charity fund-raising, but plans are in place to resurrect the many and varied networking, social and charity fund-raising events – just as soon as we are allowed.

You will find more details about the Birmingham Insurance Institute below.

Finally, I would encourage all of our Institute Members to sign up for our virtual AGM on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 12:15pm.

A little more about BII

Who are we?

We are the second largest Institute in the UK and are run by elected Officers, Council Members and our Young Professionals’ Group. Everyone involved is a volunteer who seeks to give something back to their profession in the local area, alongside their normal day job.

It is our responsibility to ensure that 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 and surrounding areas. 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 your local Institute, can best support our members and the insurance industry in the Birmingham area. We will be rolling out an exciting series of events as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Professional Development & Education

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

For successful examination candidates, there is an annual award ceremony, where diplomas, certificates and prizes are presented to the most meritorious candidates.


The BII will continue to play a leading role in charity fundraising – both for local chosen charities and the general Insurance Charities. Our charity fundraising will recommence just as soon as we are allowed. Watch this space!


Our social events, as well as our live lectures, are great opportunities for networking and meeting others involved in our industry, and also provide an enjoyable break from the routine of daily work.

If you wish to receive details of these events, please ensure that you are opted in to receive local institute email communications by checking the ‘My CII’ part of the CII website. Otherwise, take a look at the Events link on this site.

Remember, the institute is here to serve you, our members, and I recommend that 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 Officers, should you have a query about anything related to the Birmingham Insurance Institute.

On our ‘About Us’ pages, you will find a contact list of all the Officers on Council.

Alternatively, please email me directly at

We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to become involved in the BII Council. It is a great way to meet new people in our industry, and will give you opportunities to:

  • Gain an understanding of, and contribute to, ‘the bigger picture’ of insurance;
  • Mix with experienced, like-minded insurance professionals;
  • Put something back into the local insurance scene.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tim West
Birmingham Insurance Institute
Mobile: 07786 275 991