- Holly Copsey
Welcome to The Insurance Institute of Leeds.
Taking on the role of President for 2022/2023 is quite a challenge for me. However, The Insurance Institute of Leeds has gone from strength to strength and I can’t wait to be involved In the next twelve months with the support of the council.
I would like to use my year to raise awareness for emerging professionals around the career that this industry can provide. The last two years have been very difficult for everyone due to the global impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic and I am overly cautious of those who have started a career in the sector during this time.
I have been very fortunate to have benefitted from help and training from many experienced people, so far enabling me to achieve qualifications and a successful role in the organisation that I work in. As such, I plan to start a mentoring scheme to provide opportunities for emerging professionals to benefit from the wealth of experience across the Leeds market.
I hope that this year will be more ‘normal’ whatever that looks like and as a council we are looking to adapt to the ‘new normal’ with virtual and in person events across education.
Finally, I would like to try follow some of the other local business’s charity approach of ‘donate a day’. I would love members of the market to join me and other council members in donating a day to charity. I want to promote giving back and make a difference to people and charities in the Leeds area.
As part of my term of raising awareness for emerging professionals, I believe that we can help have an effect on the area we work and live in.
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We’re going to be continuing to raise money for charity this year. All money raised will be split between the Insurance Charities and my chosen charity for the year Diabetes UK. Diabetes UK is a charity I have picked for personal reasons, in 2014 my brother at the age of 13 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone, at any age. It isn’t caused by poor diet or any unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, it isn’t caused by anything at you did or didn’t do. There is nothing you can do to prevent it and currently there is no cure.
There are around 4.9 million people in the UK with diabetes, 8% of people with diabetes in the UK have type 1 diabetes. It’s a serious and lifelong condition. Each year in the UK, 36,400 people with diabetes die early, it is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK and over 185 amputations are carried out every week on people with diabetes because of complications connected with their condition.