President's Message

  • Kevin O'Neill
  • President

Welcome to the Insurance and Actuarial Society of Glasgow (IASG) website. We are very proud to be one of the largest institutes in the UK, with over 4000 members and a history spanning more than 140 years.

Please take a look around the website to find out more about what your institute does for you and the range of local benefits we offer, from CPD seminars (virtual & face-to-face!), support for CII examinations through our very successful “Fast-Track” programmes, mentoring and networking events to name just a few! 

I am delighted and honoured to be elected President of this wonderful institution, succeeding Joanne Clark who did a wonderful job of guiding our institute through unprecedented times over the past couple of years.  I very much hope to continue the high standards set of those who have served in this role previously.

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally say a huge thank you to all of the council members, past and present, for their significant contribution to the success of the IASG. The dedication and hard-work of those involved in our local committees is very impressive, particularly in a world where finding any spare time is increasing challenging!

After 2 years where our activities have been largely restricted to virtual only, it is exciting to be able to look forward to hosting our Annual Dinner again this year, returning to our usual venue, the Hilton Double Tree on Friday 25 November – look out for details on how to secure your attendance at this event coming soon.

In addition to the wide programme of technical and soft skills training available, we will also be able to provide more social and networking opportunities through this year and hope to see our members, old and new, support and take advantage of these events.

Finally, I would like to give a quick summary of the key objectives that I hope to achieve during my year as President.

Firstly, and very simply, is that I would like to understand more about what our members want from us and how we can continue to ensure that we provide support that is accessible to our membership (new and existing) in what is an ever changing world. As I mentioned earlier, we have a fantastic group of volunteers across our committees who are giving up their own time to deliver for our members and it is important that we have a clear understanding of what our membership would like from us. I believe this two-way communication and feedback is key to the ongoing success of our institution and would love to hear from anyone with ideas or feedback on this so please do get in touch with me.

Secondly, I am very mindful that we are living through extraordinary times of significant change – Covid, Brexit, climate change, the awful War in Ukraine, and the general uncertainty that all of these combined events are having on the general economy and cost of living.

Closer to home, “hybrid” working is changing the way many of us go about our working lives and whilst there are certainly many positives to this, it is a fundamental change that divides opinion and is an adaptation that will suit some more than others and will definitely create individual challenges.

It is with these 2 points in mind that I would like to continue the work that Joanne started to appoint a Mental Health & Diversity Officer to develop a strategy and programme of support for our membership locally.

Thank you for visiting our website and I hope to see you see at one of our events in the near future.

Kevin