Welcome from the West Midlands Chairman, Lauren Scheuermann
It is my great privilege to be chairman of BIBA West Midlands Region for 2013.
As part of the Corporate Recovery Risks at JLT Specialty Limited JLT in Birmingham, I am conscious of the challenges and issues that we all face on a daily basis in our profession, no matter the size of our business.
BIBA represents our interests at both a national level through Eric Galbraith 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 2013. 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 second year our 2012 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.
Our guest speaker, Paralympian Sascha Kindred ,was inspiring, and I have rarely seen an ‘insurance’ audience held so spellbound, culminating in in a standing ovation. Sascha is a founder patron of the charity HemiChat, and we raised a phenomenal £3000 for them at the dinner.
We will probably be returning to the ICC on Friday 15th November for our 2013 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 7th May. 2012 saw record attendance at this popular event , you can contact Regional Executive Sue Dimmock to book early on firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid disappointment.
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.
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 2013.