- Sarah Deacon
It is with great excitement that I take on the role of President for the Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk & North Essex. I have now clocked up twelve years in the insurance industry and have spent the last eight at Willis Re as a catastrophe analyst. It’s the kind of role that doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think about insurance, and actually there is such a huge range of roles within the industry that it really caters for all sorts of skills and disciplines.
I’m really looking forward to working with all our Council members, and building on the great work of the Presidents before me – in particular Richard Brame and Jo Mulley who have set the bar very high! We have a fantastic team of people, who volunteer their time and expertise to provide services to everyone in our local area and without their commitment we wouldn’t be able to give our industry community the fantastic educational and networking events that we do. I would thoroughly recommend getting in touch with any Council members if you’re interested in finding out more about what we do, and we’re particularly keen to hear more about what you’d like to see happening in this area; what could we do that would benefit you?
During my Presidential year my focus will be on Accessibility. This will include:
accessibility to employment;
accessibility to our industry;
accessibility to tools for independent working for those with less visible disabilities;
flexible working for those returning to work or for those who care for other people;
and access to the tools and training that might be needed to make this happen.
I have several ideas on areas to cover here, but as you know this Council works for the benefit of our members and so this is where I’m putting out a plea to anyone who has a story to share around Accessibility, either to raise awareness or highlight where a particular company or employer is paving the way forward in terms of inclusivity. Get in touch with any Council member directly or via any of our social media channels.
My chosen charity this year is one that holds a special place in the hearts of those both on the Council and who work at Willis Towers Watson. So this year, in honour of Lizzie Bramall we will be supporting Lizzie’s fund and I hope that you will all join us in supporting our fundraising efforts.
As one of Willis Towers Watson’s Mental Health Champions, it’s also very important to me that we keep the conversations about mental health going. Richard has established a fantastic relationship with his chosen charity, Suffolk Mind, and I’d really like to continue to support in whatever way we can.
Watch out for my monthly message telling you all about the wonderful things Council are up to, and also for the event flyers – I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!
President of The Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk & North Essex
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