President's Message

Hello and welcome

I am delighted to be elected as President of the Edinburgh Local Institute of the CII for the second time, following my previous stint in 20013/14. 

This year will be dedicated to getting people back together again following the coronavirus pandemic, starting with our (delayed) annual awards ceremony on 7th September, quiz on the 21st and the formal dinner on the 28th October.

We will also continue to provide quality CPD events which which compliment the sessions staged nationally by the CII and PFS. Going forwards, these will be delivered via a mixture of on line and face to face sessions and we are always keen to hear about any issues that you think we should be addressing which may have particular relevance to the rules and regulations in Scotland. 

Social events are intended to bring together both general insurance and financial services members. I am particularly proud of the balance we have in Edinburgh across both areas want to ensure we continue to create value for both groups. 

Help wanted

None of this is of course possible without the hard work of our council volunteers. Nearly all of our planning has to be done during the well-earned free time of the people whose names appear in the 'contact us' section.

I would like to express my gratitude to them and their employers for their support, and also to encourage more employers to give back to the community by supporting any employees who are interested in joining us. We are not looking for donations, we ARE looking for your employees' time and expertise, particularly from those firms enjoying Chartered Status. 

Help given

Lastly, I would like to draw attention to another of the benefits of CII membership which many people seem unaware of - the Insurance Charities who are able to provide financial support to the employees of any insurance or financial services firm during times of unexpected hardship. If you think you, or someone you know, may be eligible for help please check the website at  at