BIBA firmly believes in working with, and for brokers, and its regional structure allows for broker views to be fed into the organisation at main Board level. Late 2021 saw the re-launch of its West of England Regional Committee, chaired by Niki Facey of Marsh, Bristol.
The West of England Committee will be reaching out to BIBA members throughout the region, providing them with a direct conduit for their views into the BIBA main board. BIBA’s Regional Committees can gather extensive and valuable grass-roots knowledge of the issues affecting members in a geographic area, so can facilitate change. As well as amplifying the regional voice local committees can help with local networking and educational events.
Niki Facey said: “I have been involved with BIBA through participation in its Young Broker Committee and I jumped at the chance to head up the West of England Committee when its re-launch was discussed. Our geographic area is large, but through our committee network we can get to the root of regional BIBA member views and call on the BIBA team to lobby on issues that matter locally. We also plan to look at the needs of young brokers and insurance professionals in the region and in particular ways we can help insurance industry succession.”
A local event has been planned at Totos by the River in Bristol on the evening of 16 February to help West of England brokers get to know the committee and network with peers.
BIBA CEO, Steve White, concluded: “A regional network is the backbone of BIBA’s Governance. Chairs of each regions sit on our Regional Chairs’ Advisory Board, and its Chair has a place on our main Board. Alongside our ongoing contact with members and our own annual Regional Tours, we can be sure that regional voices are heard. I am always most grateful to all members who give up their time to participate in our committees and I would particularly like to thank Niki and the rest of the West of England committee members for reinvigorating this important area and call on other decision makers in the region to consider joining if they can.”