President's Message

Welcome to the Insurance Institute of Sheffield. I am honoured to have been elected as your President for 2023/2024.

I entered the insurance broking world in 2009; 14 years later I’m still here and wouldn’t change a thing!

I have been a member on Sheffield Council since 2018. Prior to becoming president, the majority of my council years have been spent in the capacity of Careers Officer & CPD Secretary. These are areas I am particularly passionate about, and will continue to act as focal points during my tenure as President.

We have established excellent links with Sheffield Hallam University and promoting insurance as a career to their students remains part of our programme over the next 12 months.

In terms of CPD, we have experienced many challenges and changes in terms of our delivery methods over the last few years. I am extremely proud of the way our Institute has risen to these challenges and continued to provide quality and relevant CPD events across both the general insurance and financial services sectors for our members.

These challenges created new opportunities, and allowed us to utilise the development of technology to provide CPD events and interaction with members, not only in the Sheffield Institute’s demographic area but across the UK and internationally. Whilst virtual sessions are here to stay, we also plan to incorporate some face to face sessions over the next 12 months; following the feedback recently received from members.

We also intend to increase engagement with local companies within the Sheffield membership area to ensure all members benefit from the excellent social events and CPD events we have to offer.

Please keep checking our website for information on upcoming events. If you don’t currently receive our emails you may need to log into the main CII website to update your preferences to include Local Institute communications. Please also follow us on LinkedIn where we regularly post details of events and pictures/information on what we’ve been up to.

I’m looking forward to arranging our annual dinner for 2023, which promises to be a night of great food, entertainment and company- I look forward to seeing most of you there!

If you have any ideas for future activities, including CPD or social events please get in touch.

Lastly, thank you to all of the fantastic council members that I am fortunate enough to work alongside- our Institute wouldn’t be the success it is without you!

Lauren Walker FCII