President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Manchester.

It is a privilege and an honour to become the President of the Insurance Institute of Manchester for the period 2020-2021. Thank you to Victoria Royle for doing such a sterling job as President 2019-2020.

Recent times have been very difficult, unprecedented and emotional for our industry and the Insurance Institute of Manchester is striving to provide the right support in all areas including Continuous Professional Development (CPD) along with mental health awareness and support. We would like members to be aware that we are here to support them and should feel free to contact us with suggestions at any time.

Manchester is the oldest Institute and one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking. Supported by over 60 volunteers, we provide a comprehensive CPD programme, provide exams and exam support, offer mentoring and leadership programmes and have a varied and exciting social events calendar, ranging from the quiz to the flagship annual dinner.

At this moment, I am unable comment as to which events will take place as this is completely out of our hands, however I am very proud of the Style in the City event and the Young Members Ball, amongst others, and look forward to seeing them in our calendar again. We will endeavour to keep communicating updates to our members.

CPD may take on a different feel this year, with more webinars and distance learning opportunities and we would like these to reach a wider audience. It has been fantastic to see what is available in the digital world. What better way to demonstrate the value of your Institute membership?

My chosen charity is the National Eczema Society, on a personal level I have lost many months of my life to eczema and would like to help this small charity to fund research and provide support to fellow sufferers. Please visit their website to read more about their work. During 2020/2021 we are continuing to raise money for charity via various events. All money raised will be split 50/50 between The Insurance Charities and National Eczema Society. We have set up a Virgin Money Giving link: please donate here. All donations big or small are welcomed and go a long way!

I am aware that this year is going to look very different to us all but with the help and support of our dedicated council, committees and members, I am sure that we will continue to be the fantastic Institute that we are – if not better!

I look forward to working with Paul Heathcote of Marsh as Deputy President of the IIM.

I have worked with the Institute for 9 years and look forward to taking on the role of President to work with and on behalf of the members for the coming year. Please also remember that anyone needing aid in a time of hardship can access The Insurance Charities which exists to help anyone in Insurance in need. I look forward to a successful year and hope to meet you at one of our events!