Welcome from the West Midlands Chairman, Lauren Scheuermann
I am currently in my final year as Regional Chairman and I can honestly say it has been a great privilege to be chairman of BIBA West Midlands Region
As part of the Corporate Recovery Risks at JLT Specialty Limited JLT in Birmingham specialising in Corporate Recovery I am eminently aware of how difficult it is to deal in this business in the current economic climate.
For the past 18 months that I have been Chair we have seen some massive challenges not only economically but regulatory and lets not even talk about flood claims and whiplash!
With BIBA also going through its strategic review, there has been some change. May I take this opportunity to thank all of the regional members that took the time to provide input and feedback at all stages of the process. BIBA exists to support brokers and therefore feedback was invaluable.
BIBA represents our interests at both a national level through Steve White and his team and locally through the West Midlands committee. The local committee membership comprises of volunteers who work for a number of businesses ranging from local firms through to the largest nationals. BIBA is inclusive to all and the issues and concerns of the smallest rank alongside those of the largest.
The local committee are enthusiastic advocates for our profession and region and are always willing to help members with any matter relating to your business. We want our local membership to consider us as their first contact point should you require any assistance, or indeed if there are matters that you would like us to take up on your behalf at a national level. Please feel free to contact any of the committee!
This year we welcome new members to the committee and are particularly keen to increase the involvement of our younger colleagues in the form of a young members forum. We believe that there is still an appetite amongst our membership for BIBA to provide social events and we hope to increase our activity in this area during 2014. Key to this will be the involvement of new members bringing fresh ideas to the table. If you are interested in joining either the main committee or the forum then please let us know.
For the third year our 2013 dinner was a great success with nearly 300 guests enjoying an excellent evening at the ICC. Our thanks go to our sponsors and all those who supported us.
We will probably be returning to the ICC on 21st November for our 2014 dinner. Interest is anticipated to be high so please ensure that you note the date in your diary.
In addition to the dinner, we will also be holding our Annual Golf Day at The Enville Golf Club on the 6th May 2014. We saw record attendance at this event in 2013.
We will be holding a number of compliance forums and seminars throughout our region and details of these will be sent to you during the year. These events are all available to view from our website.
We also have a Developing Broker initiative whereby it is our intention to run at least 2 networking events so that your young brokers can meet with other similarly placed brokers and also meet with mentors. Please look out for details of these events as we rely heavily on word of mouth as we don’t always have the contact details for young members. One of the criticisms when we meet with heads of business is that there is not enough fresh talent – please therefore support the events that we are arranging to foster more broker minded individuals. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor, please contact us.
I am proud to represent the West Midlands Region as your chairman and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.
Best wishes to you and your colleagues for a prosperous 2014.