President's Message

  • Joanne Clark
  • President

Welcome to the Insurance and Actuarial Society of Glasgow (IASG) website where you can find out about the wide range of local benefits we offer including CPD seminars, revision courses, mentoring initiatives and countless social & networking activities.

It is a great personal honour to succeed Alisdair Matheson as your new IASG President. Alisdair’s strong leadership during the last twelve months, with support from our hard working committee, made his year as President a very successful one. We are proud to remain one of the largest UK institutes, supporting a membership in excess of 4000.

I hope to continue the high standards set by Alisdair and preceding Presidents in addition to maintaining a full calendar of events. I do also have some key areas on which I would like to focus:-

1. Reflecting on the current lockdown and the way in which that has forced us all to adapt how we work, how we communicate and how we approach continuous development; I believe we must take the opportunity to learn from the experience. I intend to use this as a launchpad to consider what lessons we can learn and to consider how we can adapt future interaction with our members to embrace those positive behaviours adopted during this period.

2. I intend also to appoint a Mental Health Officer in recognition of the need for our industry to be welcoming and inclusive to all. This role will be in addition to our Diversity Officer and acknowledges the need for development of a strategy specifically in this area to support our membership.

We will also continue with our current successful programme. This IASG supports a huge number of initiatives. Education and charity are at the heart of what we do and will continue to be so; supporting students through their examination process, arranging an array of learning seminars and supporting a number of charities through organised events and fund raising activities.

Our Professional Development Group has continued to hold lunchtime CPD lectures, providing these remotely during the current crisis. They remain hugely popular and well attended. Our financial services arm, known as Club FS, offers a range of revision seminars, webinars and half-day workshops throughout the year to support our members. During his term as President, a focus for Alisdair was to drive the reintegration of Club FS members and he has graciously agreed to continue work on that over the next twelve months. Through our committee and various sub-committees. We will continue to host events covering a range of technical topics, soft skills and with continued focus on Diversity and Inclusion including mental health.

The IASG enhanced its offering last year to support members undertaking the CII Diploma with a fast track programme. This was enormously successful, with applications exceeding available spaces and the feedback received has been positive. I am delighted to confirm that it is our intention to continue this programme over the next twelve months and we will share more details in due course.

We run both a Young Professional and an Experienced Professional Award with the winners being announced each year at our two annual dinners.

We hope to go ahead with our Annual Dinner, which takes place on the last Friday in November. We will continue to monitor government advice during the lockdown situation, relevant given that attendance is usually in excess of 600 people, and will confirm as soon as we can the intention to go ahead with the event.

I look forward to engaging with you over the next twelve months to understand what you would like from us. I would welcome any suggestions you have for us as a Committee. Whilst we have a very strong team of people who choose to invest some of their free time giving back to their profession, it would be wrong of us to assume that we know exactly what you need. I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you over the coming year.

If you are interested in getting involved or wish to give feedback, please feel free to contact me.