President's Message

I am delighted, honoured, and humbled to have been nominated and elected as President of the Insurance Institute of Northern Ireland. I have always been impressed by the professionalism and dedication of our council members; all of whom give their time to serve the members of this Institute. It’s truly amazing. 

Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to thank the newly elected members on the Council: it is great to have you on board. 

I would also like to thank the council members who have agreed to continue in their roles this year, and to those who have accepted new roles for the year following. Further, I would like to acknowledge the involvement of past members, thank you very much for your significant contribution. 

I would like to say a few words regarding my theme for this year;

Value for all members in everything we do.

We, as a Local Institute, have always prided ourselves as being professional and demonstrating integrity in everything we do, and I wish to maintain this principle during my time as President.

We are all aware that the last 2 years have brought forward a different way of the ‘working life’ that we were all so used to, with one of the biggest consequences being that a lack of social engagement and networking opportunities that we are so fond of, and is such a big part of this institute.

We now, more than ever, need to reach out and serve our members in whatever way we can. Health and well-being will continue to be important and even more so with the adjustment of going back to the office. I firmly believe that as a council, when we spend sufficient time planning events, our members will benefit and prosper from what we can offer. 

No matter what stage you are at on your career journey, this encouragement of networking, the continued provision of technical aspects of Insurance and a greater focus on soft skills will allow all those connected to our Institute to flourish. This is my aim for this upcoming year. 

Further, I hope to maintain the strong relationship with our PFS colleagues (demonstrated by increased representation on the CII Council), enhancing this in any way I can this year.  I hope that through a wide range of live events and social gatherings, I, alongside the Council, hope to provide support to our profession and add value to all our members in everything we do. 

Leslie Gillanders ACII