Insurance body CII revamps to engage with public, Gould to move on

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is to relaunch its various faculties as individual professional Societies as part of a wider engagement strategy, it has announced today. 
The five faculties are underwriting, claims, broking, life and pensions and learning and development.
The move comes following a change programme carried out by the CII last year.
The CII said that the programme was designed to bring about “a renewed focus on public trust and modernisation of the organisation”.
A key part of the strategy involved building on the CII’s engagement with its members, government, regulators and the public, the CII said.
The CII said that, thanks to input from members and a “renewed commitment” by the executive team and board, it was committing to progressing the development of faculties into professional societies.
It stated that it was basing the model upon that of the Personal Finance Society and Society of Mortgage Professionals, which between them already represent a significant number of the CII’s 125,000 membership.
This would involve greater integration with the CII infrastructure, and meant that the current director of faculties, Ant Gould, pictured above, would be leaving the CII in the New Year.
Gould joined the CII in 2011 and had, the CII said, “successfully shaped and grown the strategy for the general insurance-focused faculty programme and overseen a progressive rise in faculty membership”.
Achievements during his tenure listed by the CII include the development of an online CPD programme, sector defining future-focused research and the establishment of partnerships with key legal, regulatory and commercial bodies.
Gould had, the CII added, also “spear-headed and launched” the CII’s “award-winning New Generation Group annual talent programme” supporting over 40 future leaders each year.
Keith Richards, CEO of personal finance society and managing director of engagement for the CII, said that the body was committed to “the evolution of the CII and the role a modern professional body needs to play in the future”.
“We believe the creation of Societies, influenced by members from specialist areas of the insurance profession, will provide more relevant engagement to the development of an inclusive membership programme,” he said.
“I’d like to thank Ant for his many years of service at the CII and the fantastic work he has done to progress the Faculties and particularly the New Generation Group which continues to help shape the future of our profession. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Eugene Costello
Eugene Costello has been a journalist for some 20 years, and has written for a wide variety of UK and international newspapers and magazines.

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