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CII votes in new president

At its AGM in London (24 July), Mr Woolgrove was elected to succeed Amanda Bland, chief executive of Axa Insurance commercial lines and personal intemediary.

During the AGM, Ashwin Mistry, OBE, ACII, chartered insurance broker, chairman and chief executive, Brokerbility, was elected as CII deputy president.

Mr Woolgrove said: “Amid wider debates on standards and ethics in financial services, and a clear need to rebuild customer trust and consistently deliver better customer outcomes, the CII’s mission to raise standards in insurance and financial services is a cause that the whole profession should get behind.

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“As a leader of the UK’s largest personal lines insurer, I am keen to open the debate on how the industry strives towards greater levels of professionalism in retail insurance, which has a critical role in shaping many stakeholders’ perceptions of insurance more broadly.”

Dr Sandy Scott, CII chief executive, said: “The CII has come a long way since its Royal Charter was first granted more than 100 years ago, with 2012 being a record year in terms of membership, Chartered status and examinations. However, it is important that as a professional body we continue working harder than ever for our members and the public they serve.”

He expressed gratitude to Ms Blanc for her commitment to the CII and its members over the past year.

During the AGM, Sunil Parmar, FCII, Montpelier Underwriting Services, was honoured with the Rutter Medal, which is awarded each year in recognition of the best qualifying new Fellow of the CII.

As he was away, he will be presented with his medal at the Insurance Institute of London’s AGM on 30 September.