President's Message

  • Ashley Murphy
  • President

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Northern Ireland Website.

Every CII member in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is also a member of a local institute.  Our local institute is run by a council of dedicated professional volunteers.  The invaluable work that each council member contributes is reflected in the broad range of skills and training we provide, the social and networking opportunities our members can avail of, the regular communication and the host of sporting and charitable events we manage.

Each of our committees works extremely hard to provide a comprehensive membership proposition to individuals within our local insurance and financial services arena.

I am extremely honoured to have been elected as President of the Insurance Institute of Northern Ireland this year and am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it will provide.

I am so lucky to have such a fabulous and enthusiastic council.  It is a major compliment to all on council that our RMM David Irvine can be quoted as saying " IINI are seen as an institute of best practice and held in high regard".                                              

It is superb to see so many past presidents still on council and trust me I will be calling on your expertise over the next 12 months to ensure that our great reputation remains. 

Thank you for my fellow council members who agreed to continue in your roles and for those who have accepted new roles for the coming year. 

So far 2019 has been a peculiar year…….in NI we still have no local government, despite being past 29th March the uncertainty with Brexit remains, issues with green cards, dual pricing debates, green book increases and the introduction of the Insurance Distribution Directive.

As always the IINI will continue to do all we can to support our members by offering relevant and topical CPD subjects.

You will all be aware that we took the leap of bringing back the running of CPD in-house, yet we continue to have the highest calibre of speakers and experts invited to speak.  Billy Allister can be quoted as saying that ‘this was the best masterclass series yet!’  Testament to the work and efforts put in from David Ussher and his committee.

Whilst our profile in our local market is excellent a lot of the younger members think we exist solely to promote CII qualifications or to gain CPD points!  However, it is equally important to utilise your institute to network and build friendships by attending our various social events and to support our charity.

Some people gave me massive encouragement to take on this role; John Laverty, Iain Patterson, my parents, my employer and of course my husband, some people think I am mad….including myself!  So this year I would like to use the theme #MAD #Makeadifference and challenge each member to ‘Make a Difference’

Whether that be:

  • To be someone’s cheerleader or to give positive feedback to someone
  • To mentor a friend/colleague through an exam/ interview or a difficult time or
  • To raise funds for charity…Most of you will know we have ‘strictly’ planned for March 2020 and I hope we can plan more activites

You will be aware that at ‘Cookies’ dinner Annalee Joy Thornicroft awarded our institute the Charity Shield….….lets keep the charity momentum going.

Each and every one of us can help make a difference to our workplace, our community and our institute!