- Karen Rose
As we began the 101st institute year, we were six weeks into the first lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We responded quickly to the challenges of remote connection with council meetings and CPD webinars. Our Centenary Annual Dinner was postponed to September 2020, then again until the Spring of 2021 and again until Spring 2022. Further planned Centenary face to face events were shelved and our CPD webinar programme continued until the end of the institute year and will continue until the end of 2021. Our 2020-21 CPD programme(and by pooling our resources as part of the Southern Regional CPD programme) offered 172.5 hours of online CPD over 65 events.
After it became clear that we would not be able to hold any of our planned Centenary events, I was asked to remain as President for 2021-22. I am therefore honoured and proud to remain in post for another 12 months.
My objectives for 2021-22 are the same as last year
To raise awareness of our institute within the community with special events and local fundraising
To maintain our CPD events programme providing a diverse and topical selection of sessions that will appeal to all areas of our membership either online, face to face or a hybrid of the two;
To build more connections with local employers and members;
To deliver a programme of social and networking events to improve our links with our members and wider insurance community including Personal Finance Society and Young Professional members as well as charitable fundraising events for The Insurance Charities and nominated charities ,the British Heart Foundation, Launchpad (Reading based charity for the homeless) and the No.5 Young People (Reading mental health charity supporting children and young adults up to the age of 25);
To support careers events in our area in universities, colleges, schools and local education partnership agencies and the CII’s Education Champions at local level AND
To finally celebrate 100 years as a local insurance institute!
The Council and I look forward to the next year and that our meetings and events will soon not ALL be via video boxes on screen!