President's Message

Hello Edinburgh! 

I am extremely proud & delighted to be elected your President of the Edinburgh Local Institute for the CII, and is one of the greatest honours in my 22 year Insurance career so far. 

One of my main focuses during my Presidency is to try and engage with the next generation of insurance professionals. We will by looking to work to deliver education “insight” days in local schools, colleges and University’s to help show them there is more than meets the eye in our industry, and provide them to pathways into the industry. On top of this, I am looking to engage with local companies, not matter how big or small, to see if we can build on work experience offers & apprenticeships to build for the future.

We aim to continue our members with a variety of events throughout the year with a mix of webinars, some hybrid and face to face events. We will also continue  social events which will include the Golf Day, Annual Quiz night and the highlight of year, the Annual Dinner, to be held this year in May.

My chosen charity this year is the My Name’s Doddie foundation,, and through various events throughout the year, we will be looking to raise money for this wonderful charity to help secure funds into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research to try and help find a cure for this disease. 

I am very happy to have the backing of our wonderful council, and to continue the focus on professional standards set out by the CII. Throughout the year, we will be posting on our social media page a hello from all  our council members to give you an insight on who we are, what we do, amongst other details, so watch this space, and if you are ever at an in person event, come say hi. 

I’d also like to say a personal thank you to the past Presidents and council members, past and present, who have been instrumental over the years and all their hard work and dedication to keep this Institute running and for all their wise words of wisdom. 

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I look forward to meeting you throughout my Presidency.


Jeff Lestrelle
President of The Insurance Society of Edinburgh