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:

  • To raise awareness of our institute within the community as we reach our Centenary 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 and maintaining our status as a CII Accredited Training Provider;
  • To build more connections with local employers and members. 
  • To deliver a programme of social and networking events to improve our links with the 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 celebrate 100 years as a local insurance institute!

 The Council and I look forward to meeting you at one of our events!

Karen Rose, FCII, CFIRM, Chartered Insurance Practitioner, Certified Risk Professional

President, Honorary Vice President for Life and Secretary