18 April 2023
By Elaine Murphy
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Message from New President
On Tuesday Evening 18th April 2023 I was bestowed with the greatest honour of my 35-year professional career by being elected President of the Insurance Institute of Cork.
I have been a member of the Insurance Institute of Cork since the early 1990s when I started doing insurance exams. Back then the minimum competency, and to some extent regulation as we now know it, was purely self-inflicted and undertaking examinations, whilst supported by the employers was not required, however I did those exams and coupled with what I began learning in the General Accident Claims Department my confidence grew and this set me on the very positive track that that I am still on today.
It is with some trepidation that I commence my term of office remembering those presidents that preceded me, many legendary men and women that have done so much for our profession over so many years. You see it’s important to remember that despite much of the media rhetoric, without us, enterprise does not happen, business does not develop, our economy does not grow. We take that risk away from those entrepreneurs, those business people that we need to grow our economy. We are a vital cog in that wheel without which stagnation happens.
It never ceases to amaze me that year in year out despite how busy people are setting up new businesses, following their own careers, starting new jobs, new roles, they still have time to ensure that they can give back to the local Institute, to the members, to the next generation, to keep our profession alive and vibrant and it is very humbling when you see that level of dedication.
I learned a long time ago that to hope to be successful you must surround yourself with people that know more than you do, that are better at things than you are and are not afraid to give their opinion. With that in mind I am surrounded by a very strong Council that has already hit the ground running with a very full schedule of events for the year ahead.
A big thank you to my predecessor Danny O’ Connell. Together we identified the importance of 2023 in the life of our institute and as a result we have worked “hand in hand” over the past 12 months planning the schedule of events for our Centenary Year and that partnership is going to continue for the remainder of my term in office.
There is not much that I have not seen in this profession over my 35-year career, I’ve had some fantastic moments and memories during that time, I have made some fantastic friendships and acquaintances on both sides of the Irish sea, but representing the Insurance Institute of Cork will in my view be my greatest honour and my most joyous. There’s something special about being honoured in your hometown no matter what journey you have taken and to get this opportunity during this centenary year is the cherry not just on the cake, but on the icing.
Looking forward to the year ahead.