Thank you ANZIIF for the Honour

I received a wonderful surprise and great honour this week when the CEO of ANZIIF (the The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance), Ms Joan Fitzpatrick, wrote to say that I had been awarded honorary life membership. I was humbled by the award.

My association with ANZIIF goes back over 40 years to when I first joined the insurance industry and I learnt a great deal from my studies in both the then Associateship and Fellowship courses.

It was while completing these courses I began to appreciate that the more I learned, the better I could be at my job. Once I understood this simple fact, I never really stopped. I went back to night school and matriculated at the same time I completed my Associateship and Fellowship with the Chartered Insurance Institute. It was then on to Uni to complete 3 degrees including a Doctorate. CPA and other courses were and continue to be completed. It all started with my first Institute subject, “Elements of Insurance”.

I have enjoyed my time with the Institute starting as a student, but later as an examiner and later again, the developer or one of the diploma courses. Most recently I have developed and continue to deliver over the past 4 years, often with Mr Adam Matteson of Arch Underwriting, an ISR Master Class for the Institute. It gives me great pleasure to give back to the industry and to the Institute where my love and appreciation for insurance all began.

I would take this opportunity of sincerely thanking the CEO, Ms Fitzpatrick; President, Tony Morgan; and the Board and Executive for this great honour.

Putting the award aside, I urge everyone working in insurance, no matter what discipline to get behind the Insititute and if you are not a member, join. If you have not completed your Institute studies, do it and finally get behind initiatives such as KnowRisk which are worthy of your and the whole industry’s support.

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