President's Message

  • President

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Bournemouth (IIB) – the home of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Personal Finance Society (PFS) and Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP) in Bournemouth and neighbouring areas.

I am delighted to have been elected as President of the Insurance Institute of Bournemouth for the 2024-25 term. It will be an honour to continue the legacy of my predecessors from the last 102 years.

During this term I am committed to:

Continue to offer a superb selection of face to face and online CPD sessions, including regulatory, exams, technical and soft skills, to our CII, PFS and SMP members.

Focus on networking, including a tour of the iconic Lloyds of London, a 2024 Charity Golf Day at a new venue - Crane Valley (2024 Dorset Golf Championships host venue), and the prestigious 2025 Annual Awards Dinner.

DEI sessions to include neurodiversity and social mobility themes, ensuring we attract as much novice talent (young or career change) to our dynamic finance and insurance industries.

Collaborating closely with PFS/SMP professionals, including attracting more financial planners to our council, as we recognise that the PFS make up to just over 50% of our valued members.

Engaging in local community initiatives, particularly raising much needed funds for my chosen charity, Amelia’s Rainbow (AR). AR supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area who are suffering with serious, terminal, life-limiting, and chronic illnesses or complex disabilities. The aim of this small but mighty charity is to create an environment full of fun, laughter and memories for the families it supports. I will be volunteering and taking part in fundraising activities for AR during my presidential year, and I do hope you will support me on my endeavours to backing AR in the coming year. Any donation will be highly appreciated and make a difference! Here is how to donate:

The Insurance Institute of Bournemouth is fundraising for Amelia’s Rainbow (

To stay informed about our activities and initiatives, ensure your email settings at the main CII website ( or the main PFS website ( are up to date and set to receive comms from your local institute.

I extend my gratitude to each of our 12 IIB council members, especially Chris Bibb, our immediate past President, who skilfully navigated industry challenges during his 2-years term, including the impact of Covid. I also acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Robin Giles, our Secretary and Life Vice President, and Tony Nash, our Membership Secretary. Both have volunteered for over 50 years each, actively supporting the Council with their time and expertise. Finally, I will be delighted to be working with Shirley Cassar, my Deputy President, Programme Secretary and Local Institutes Forum Representative. In fact, we may even be the first female duo in the IIB’s history!

We would like to welcome new volunteers to the council, whether they represent major industry players or smaller brokerage and advisory firms in the region. Volunteering with your local CII/PFS is a rewarding activity, allowing you to shape the future of our professions. It also enhances your professional skills and personal branding, while providing networking opportunities with senior figures in the industry. If you are interested in getting involved, please do get in touch and connect via LinkedIn. We eagerly await your feedback and ideas on CPD topics that could benefit your professional growth. I look forward to catching up with you throughout the coming year.


Jana Langdown, ACII, Chartered Insurer