General Insurance Article - Amanda Blanc named new CII president

 Members of the Chartered Insurance Institute(CII) have elected Amanda Blanc, ACII, ceo, AXA UK Insurance Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary, a Chartered insurer, as its 116th president at its annual general meeting held in London this week. Blanc takes over from Julian James, ACII, who is ceo of Lockton Companies, a Chartered insurance broker. Tom Woolgrove, managing director, Personal Lines Direct Line Group, has also been elected as CII deputy president.

 Commenting on her election as president, Blanc “It is a great honour to take on the Presidency of the Chartered Insurance Institute. I shall be following in the footsteps of many great figures in the world of insurance and financial services and I hope that, in my year in office, I uphold the traditions of this esteemed office.

 I am fortunate that my year in office coincides with the second half of the centenary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the CII. It is no exaggeration to say that recent developments relating to banking have thrust the issue of professional standards to centre stage of public discussion. I passionately believe that the Aldermanbury Declaration has set us on the path to raising professional standards in general insurance but we must not rest on our laurels-we must redouble our efforts to ensure our own house is in order.
 Finally, I look forward to visiting many of the local institutes in my year if office to meet as many of you as possible.”

 Dr Alexander Scott, CII chief executive, said “This is a significant year for the CII as we celebrate 100 years of our Royal Charter. The principles expressed in our Charter, of securing and justifying the confidence of the public, have never been more important or relevant given the current difficult economic conditions in the UK and abroad. It is because of the hard work and dedication of all volunteers, officers and members of the CII that the ambition of our Charter remains achievable. I would like to thank Julian for his commitment to the CII and its members over the past year, and it is with great pleasure that I welcome Amanda Blanc as president and Tom Woolgrove as deputy president for the coming year.”

 The winner of the Rutter Medal, presented by the outgoing president each year in recognition of the best qualifying new Fellow of the CII, was Lama Sweis, FCII, Lockton Companies.

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