Welcome From West of England Chairman – Trudy Brown
This is my second year as Chairman and I am continuing to work with the committee to engage with the wider membership across the region, including prospects, at a time where the changes to BIBA following the strategic review, are underway.
I believe passionately that no one knows the South West better than the Brokers in it and it is therefore essential we listen and ensure we have our say.
2014 continues to challenge us all.. Each of our businesses will be affected in one way or another by the thematic reviews being undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority, Additional Regulation and European issues will also impact. BIBA membership enables us to stay closer to the decision makers and enables us influence and input where we can.
To have the support of such a strong and established Regional Committee is invaluable to me. These dedicated professionals continue to give up their own time to represent the interests of our members and without them the region would not have achieved all that it has done over so many years.
Our BIBA compliance forums continue to be extremely successful and we will continue to run these on a quarterly basis throughout 2014. We will mirror the venues used in previous years and for 2014 I am delighted that David Sparkes from BIBA HQ will be in attendance to provide his invaluable and informative update. Other venues will always be considered to meet the needs of the local membership.
2014 will see the annual conference return to Manchester with focus on the customer who is at the heart of all our businesses.
Our Young Brokers are another main focus moving forwards. I believe we should all be identifying our emerging talent and future entrants. During my term of office I intend to try and share my focus in this area with members, old and new and try and generate more interest from younger brokers. I am fortunate to have Kathryn Rodd as my Deputy. Kathryn is a real asset in this area and I look forward to working with her over the next twelve months.
Trudy Brown – BIBA West of England