- Joanne Marriott
Having been a part of Institute for almost 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some inspirational Past Presidents – there are some big shoes for me to fill! - but I am excited for the challenge ahead and I know I have the support of the Council each step of the way.
What a year 2020 was! When I accepted the role as the future President of the Nottingham Insurance Institute, little did I know that I would be taking on the mantle in a virtual world.
Our Institute has faced many challenges over the last year, thanks to a global pandemic, but with the hard work and dedication of our Council Members we have learnt new ways to communicate with our members and continued to provide a full, varied and successful CPD programme, albeit virtually. We really couldn’t have done it without them.
Our Dip CII initiative has continued to go from strength to strength and our delegates have just one final course and exam to complete before they qualify. We have been extremely proud of how they themselves have adapted this year. When they signed up for the course it was with the promise of monthly face to face training sessions and support, to help them through the fast-track programme, and despite having to move these to a virtual environment they have all done fantastically well, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so through to the finish line.
InsurED is a huge part of our bi-annual curriculum and with the event due again this year we faced the dilemma of whether to postpone this until 2022. However, as important to us as it is, we felt that it wasn’t something we wanted to give up on and made the unanimous decision to do whatever it takes to ensure InsurED would still be a part of 2021, and I’m pleased to confirm that we will be holding the event virtually on 29th September, so watch this space for further details.
When it came time for me to consider what I would like the theme of my Presidency to be I couldn’t quite narrow it down to one thing, instead opting to champion two areas which are both very important to me.
- Re focus on charity
Charities all over the UK (and indeed the World) have undoubtedly suffered this year with so many fund-raising events having to be cancelled. The Insurance Charities is no exception to this and whilst the need for their support has increased, their donations have inevitably reduced significantly. Whilst I can’t promise we can make a huge wave of change, with a new committee dedicated to fund raising, I can pledge to start making some ripples which will hopefully continue on for many years.
- Celebrating Women in Insurance
Anyone who knows me is aware of my strong family ties to the history of Women’s Equality, and I will be immensely proud to take up the mantle laid down by my Gt. Gt. Grandmother, Alice Hawkins, to champion awareness throughout my Presidency – and my aim is to ‘Celebrate Women in the Insurance Industry’. I have some exciting new ideas and hope to work with some inspirational women in the local area to bring these to you over the coming months.
I would love to hear from our members, so if anyone has ideas or suggestions on how we can make a difference for you in CPD, Charity, Inspirational Women or anything else relevant to our Industry, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Joanne Marriott, President
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