President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Guildford.

I am incredibly proud to take on the role of President of the Insurance Institute of Guildford for the 2021 – 2022 year. Holding this position at such an important time for the industry is a privilege and honour.

Meeting the needs of our members in an ever complex environment is a challenge that myself and my fellow council members are embracing, swiftly adapting to change wherever necessary. We have strived to progress, reshape and enrich our offering and I look forward to this continuing in my presidential year.

Our events are now fully online, with great success. The volume and attendance of our events has never been so high and we have branched out into a broader range of topics such as wellbeing and fitness. Our Forthcoming Events are all listed on our website for you to see. Check back regularly to see the changing list of events, being organised, for the future! If you feel there is a subject you would like to see more on, or need help with, we welcome your feedback, let us know and we will make every effort to include it for you.

My focus this year will be enhancing engagement and communications with our members, I want to build our connections with local employers and members. Alongside this will be maintaining our strong CPD event programme to provide a diverse and topical selection of sessions that will appeal to all areas of our membership.

I have chosen to continue our charity partnership with Jigsaw Trust for a fourth year and look forward to renewing our fundraising efforts. Jigsaw Trust is committed to raising awareness of autism and provides facilities and support for people affected by autism. Having visited their base, at Dunsfold Aerodrome, and witnessed the amazing work they do for those with autism from the ages of 4 to 19 long with their families, our support is going to be needed even more in the year to come. I hope to show my commitment to our charity at a future event.

I would like to thank all members of the council and committees who keep our Institute running and give up their own time to do so; we couldn’t do any of it without them. We would love to welcome new members to our council from both PFS and Insurance backgrounds, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself if you would like to find out more.

I must also call out to the Young Professionals Committee who work incredibly hard to support our members aged 35 and under with tailored events and socials for those early in their careers. We are hoping to run another Young Leaders programme as soon as is feasible given the huge success of our first cohort. If you are interested, watch this space!

Katie Pitman ACII

IIG President