Jonathan Clark, Chartered Insurer, has been elected President of the Chartered Insurance Institute for 2018/2019 at the professional body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. Nick Turner, Director, NFU Mutual APFS has been appointed as Deputy President.
Jonathan has been a claims professional throughout his insurance career and sees delivery of the claims service as a critical component of the insurance promise. In his 35 years of claims handling, he has worked with many of the world’s largest corporations on their claims programmes. He joined SCOR in 2013 as Head of Claims in London and is now Global Head of Claims for Business Solutions. He has been a member of the executive teams of Global Adjusting firms Crawford & Company and Cunningham Lindsey, developed a team handing specialist claims at Ellis and Buckle, and was Claims Director at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Jonathan, who was elected as Deputy President of the CII in 2017, takes over from Dame Inga Beale, the first female Chief Executive Officer at Lloyd’s. Dame Inga’s presidency theme of ‘New Talent’ focused on attracting a new generation of digitally savvy talent who would successfully meet the needs of a more diverse consumer group. During her tenure, the CII launched its Aspire Apprenticeship Programmes offering employers across the insurance profession access to quality-assured apprenticeship training programmes.
In the spirit of inclusion and to encourage participation, the CII has introduced electronic voting for the AGM for the first time this year. This was in addition to members still being able to send hard copy votes or vote at the AGM. This embracing of new technology has resulted in thousands more votes being registered from across the membership.
Commenting on his election, Jonathan Clark said: “This is an interesting time for the profession and I am really looking forward to my year as President of the CII. My focus will be on promoting and developing a united profession during my tenure; united around standards, professionalism and diversity of membership, ensuring that we’re an inclusive profession which is well-positioned to serve our incredibly diverse customer base. To this end, I will be championing a renewed focus on the CII’s efforts to promote the profession, to continue to attract young talent and to ensure clients’ and customers’ interests are always at the heart of the profession’s focus.”
Dame Inga, departing CII President commented: “It has been a great honour to serve the CII as its President. The past year has been an exciting time as we seek to develop the profession and progress by embracing new technologies in order to attract the very best talent into insurance. Launching the Aspire Apprenticeships Programmes was a particular highlight of my term. I would like to congratulate Jonathan Clark on his election and it gives me great pleasure to pass on the Presidency to him.”
Sian Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Insurance Institute, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Jonathan Clark as the new president of the CII. His extensive experience and achievements in the market will be a welcome addition and I very much look forward to working with him in the coming months. I would also like to thank Inga for all her hard work and dedication in her year as CII President.”