President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Leicester (IIL). We are the representative for our members in the Leicester area for those professionals registered with the Chartered Insurance Institute. Our objective is to be their voice in an approachable and friendly manner.

When asked to take on the role of Deputy President for Leicester prior to becoming President, while initially proud, I was latterly worried of following in some very accomplished footsteps. Happily, those fears melted away as I became a part of their team, and we built on the foundations created by those past council members.

As President for the 2020/21, we are facing an unprecedented year. Our clients will seek our professional help more than ever, but I urge you to make time for your society as it is just as important to support your colleagues. I am sure we will all face challenges over the next year, some for the first time, but together as a society, we can overcome them.

Increasingly I feel now is the time to continue in the excellent work of my predecessor Julie Rayson-Flynn and progress the mentoring programme she began alongside the newly qualified professionals coming through coined the ‘Next Generation.’ For mentors, it is time to hand down their experience and in return for their protégés to reciprocate with their new methods and practices.

I began my career at Mattioli Woods, helping them turn from a partnership to plc and beyond over 19 years. From the administration desk to a front line client adviser and their commercial director, I learned these skills with the professional guidance of the CII. After establishing my financial planning and investment management firm, wattamkirbymee, I enjoy new challenges of being a business owner while maintaining my financial planning clients.

My passions in life include family, friends, fitness and Nottingham Forest but not always in that order!

My grandparents served their country on the front line and in the factories, and I am proud to announce that I shall be supporting The Royal British Legion and LOROS as my chosen charities for the year. I wish to recognise their essential role in Leicester in supporting local families in their time of need.

 

I would like to end with a quote that has always inspired me:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started” Mark Twain

 

Let’s get started!