President's Message

Dear Member

Many of you will be aware, this is not my first term as President.  I first became President in 1999-2000.  Back then, I was only the 3rd woman President since the institute had been founded in 1920. In 2000, we held our millennium Annual Dinner with 430 guests in attendance.  In 2008, as a Vice President I was asked to be 'recycled' as President 2008-9. At the time of the financial crisis, numbers on council had diminished and we were all holding several roles.  I had also just stepped down as the CII Council Alternate regional representative for South Central Region after 8 years in post. I’ve continued to work at a national level both through council and my business on various committees including the Standards Advisory Group, CII Awards Panel, Diversity Action Group, Diversity Champions Group and also as an Examiner and Coursework marker.

I was therefore very honoured, having been made an Honorary Vice President for Life in 2011, to have been asked to be President for a third time to cover our Centenary in 2020. As I will be reaching my 30th year on council next year, it will be a double celebration and I look forward to continuing to build on our past success and move our institute into its second centenary.

My objectives for 2019-21,( as I hope to remain in post until our Centenary Year ends in Dec 2020 and until the 101st AGM in May 2021) are:

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Karen Rose
President at the Insurance Institute of Reading