- Andrew Dakin BA (Hons)
I am extremely honoured to be taking on the position of President of Bolton’s Insurance Institute.
I am privileged to have had Joanne Kirby as the immediate past President and I aim to continue the great work undertaken during this period. Our aim, which is very much aligned to that of the Chartered Insurance Institute, is to be modern, relevant and accessible. As a local institute, we will continue to deliver varied and high quality CII and PFS CPD events, that add real professional value for our members and really are the cornerstone of our institute. We have a 3 year road map in place in relation to promoting careers in the Insurance sector, developing current, and creating new relationships with local educational institutes, with a view to hosting our own Insurance careers day in the not too distant future. Like many of us, I very much ‘fell’ into the Insurance industry and too often the industry does not seem to be considered by younger generations as the dynamic, fast paced and ‘all career encompassing’ sector, which it very much is. Locally, we are trying to change this perception for the better.
It is of course important for our members, that some fun is had along the way and our sports and social committee are already hard at work planning a number of events throughout the next 12 months, to engage our members on more social and relaxed level. Please keep an eye on the website and published advertisements for further details. All of this will be underpinned by our ongoing charitable work and celebrated early next year at our flagship Annual Dinner, which is always so well attended. None of this would be possible without of our member group and fantastic council. I very much look forward to the coming 12 months and seeing the plans we have put in place come to life.
To be honest, it isn’t that long ago that I was completely unaware that the institute existed, however, becoming involved three years ago was not only an eye opener as to the volunteer work that is done, but also a great opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse group of Insurance professionals. Engaging with other insurance industry professionals through the institute has been enjoyable, enriching and has broadened my own horizons. Being able to give back to the profession is something that I am extremely passionate about and I would urge those interested in understanding more about the institutes work to get in touch.
I would however note that at the time of writing, much more important things are taking place across the world and with that in mind, I wish good health for you and your loved ones.