President's Message

  • Alisdair Matheson
  • 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, our local examination centre, mentoring initiatives and countless social & networking activities.

I am honoured to succeed Kieran Gallagher and serve as the new President of the IASG, the first lawyer to take up the position in its 138 year history. Under his successful leadership and the drive and determination of everyone involved with running the society, one of the largest in the UK, we have now more than 4000 members.

Against the background of continuing high standards and a full calendar of events. I will focus my own efforts this term to:

1. Maintain current success.

2. Reintegrate Club FS members.

3. Promote Glasgow as a great place for insurance and financial businesses.

As just a flavour of the current successful programme, the IASG supports a huge number initiatives with education and charity being at the heart of what we do: 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 holds regular lunchtime CPD lectures and 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. Keep your eyes on the website for more details. This has included a number of events focussed on Diversity and Inclusion including mental health and participation in the industry-wide Dive In festival.

The IASG launched its mentoring programme 5 years ago and this initiative continues to grow from strength to strength, supported by council members and many others in our community who give up their evening time to assist in its success with education flowing very much both ways. We are now in the happy position that some of our first mentees are now becoming mentors

We run both Young Professional and an Experienced Professional Awards with winner being announced at our 2 annual dinners.

In addition, Kieran’s now regular and successful Claims Club brings interesting and topical claims issues to the table and provide a forum for education and discussion.

Our Annual Dinner will take place on 29th November 2019. This is Scotland’s largest insurance night with around 650 people enjoying each other’s company.

Secondly, a great many of our members work in the investment and wider financial services industry and I aim to foster then same kind of special community the IASG has assisted in building among the general insurance industry here.

My third focus, as a born and bred Glaswegian, is to assist our members in building the city into a first class destination for a thriving career and business which has the potential, of course, to benefit not just Glasgow but the wider Scottish CII membership and their Institutes.

The IASG is run by a group of industry volunteers who all want to give something back to the profession locally. These roles are performed on top of busy day jobs and I would like to personally thank every one of my council members for their enthusiasm, initiative and support and for their tireless work in providing a local proposition that is second to none.

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

Alisdair