President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Manchester.

We’ve all heard the plethora of words used to describe the last 12 months: unprecedented, tough times, challenging…  

My sincere condolences go to all who have suffered loss as a result of the pandemic. 

It has been a year to rival others in terms of challenges and I am very proud of the work the IIM did to adapt in order to meet the requirements of members. It would be easy to see the impact of the last twelve months as a negative but I see it very much as a positive. We have progressed, adapted and enriched our offering and I look forward to seeing continued growth in the coming year.

We took our annual dinner on-line in conjunction with BIBA and it was a resounding success. Attended by over 130 people, we were able to accommodate tradition and entertainment and a good time was had by all, with only a couple of technical issues! We also raised £1,500 for The Insurance Charities – so thank you to all who attended and sponsored.

If you are struggling financially or know of somebody in the industry who is, The Insurance Charities are there to help. Do not be scared to ask for help- that is exactly why the charity exists.

I would like to thank all members of the council and committees who keep your Institute running and give up their own time to do so; we couldn’t do any of it without them.

In the next year, the Institute will continue to develop and adapt. We will have one “Dinners” committee which will focus on our three major annual events.

We will also see a renewed focus on entrants into the market by providing targeted CPD, development programmes and support.

The CPD programme will become a mixture of in-person and virtual events to ensure maximum availability to members. 

Networking events will be on the calendar again and I am really looking forward to seeing everybody in the coming year.

The Insurance Institute of Manchester turns 150 in 2023 so we will be looking to host a series of events to celebrate this milestone.

I am very excited to be President for 2021/22 and to serve another term; I certainly did not envisage this when I took on the role last year! I look forward to building upon the excellent foundations laid in the last year and further developing our offering to our members.

My chosen charity for 2021/22 is Once Upon a Smile who support children through bereavement. It is a local charity who provide a much-needed service and resource.