It was an honour to be asked to serve as your President for the 2015/16 Institute year and I hope to be able to follow up my predecessor Nigel’s excellent work. I will still be continuing with my work as Social Officer and intend to increase the number of social events over the next 12 months along with our exciting educational programme.
As both a local Institute and as a profession we still face many challenges as the economic and technological landscapes evolve so quickly. We need to be able to support our members whether they work from home, locally or further afield by offering a programme relevant to their professional development needs and whichever segment of the market they work in.
I am keen to increase the activity in the Oxford area, we have already arranged our first social event in September, which is a Ghost Walk around Oxford and we are also looking to put another event on later in the year.
I am also keen to develop our links with the Thames Valley PFS so that some events can be run jointly, especially for soft skills that are relevant to all sectors.
We will of course continue our fundraising efforts for The Insurance Charities and my own nominated Sebastian’s Action Trust to help rebuild the reputation of our profession as a positive force in the community. There is already a Summer BBQ organised for July, the two quizzes are also great fundraisers and of course the annual dinner.
Lastly I hope to continue to engage with our young members, we have recruited some new young members onto the council and I am keen to hear their ideas and work with them to organise more networking, educational and social events aimed at the young professionals.
I look forward to meeting as many members as possible over the coming months at our events but if you have any suggestions or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Caroline Hargreaves, Cert CII
CII CPD Accredited Provider