The Future Focus Conference returned for its third time in Birmingham with the intention of providing an informative day to delegates, providing them with knowledge and an understanding as to the fundamental principles of Insurance together with an understanding as to what examiners are looking for when they mark the answer sheets.
Finally, an insight as to how the CILA exams rank against other qualifications was provided to illustrate that they are not merely formalities to undertake and pass. The event was well attended with all places being taken within the conference room.
A big vote of thanks has to go to Malcolm Hyde and Julie Robson who took on the task of presenting the various topics to the candidates over the day. In addition, the efforts of James Nathaniel and Laura Moir of the Future Focus group have to be noted in determining the structure of the event. Finally, thank you to Adeola Daramola of CILA for making the event run smoothly, by taking care of all the background issues that make such a conference possible.
The conference was opened by Mike Jones, President of CILA. Mike explained his vision and elaborated on the need to ensure that the next generation of Loss Adjusters continue to progress through the ranks. We do not want to be in a position that more adjusters are retiring than qualifying and the need to move away from the demographic time bomb that could be on the horizon.
The conference then moved into full swing with Malcolm Hyde delivering talks on Subrogation, Contribution, Proximate Cause and the Insurance Act 2015. Julie Robson then took over the mantle for the afternoon interactive session that included Setting the Scene, What do Examiners Want and Putting things into Practice. These practical sessions had the intention of trying to assist candidates in how to read and understand exam questions, how to structure answers and how to improve technique.
Whilst the stage was firmly held by both Malcolm and Julie for the day, strategic coffee breaks were put in to ensure the delegates remained full of energy right through the day and into the closing speech delivered by Neil Powell, who enviably had the graveyard slot to close the conference with delegates keen to move on and catch trains and enjoy Friday night!
Overall the conference was well received and it was encouraging to see that employers had allowed their staff to attend this event. As a group Future Focus want to encourage members of CILA to become involved and undertake the examinations on offer as they demonstrate a high level of achievement and professional knowledge within the Insurance Claims market.
Again, a big thanks to the organisers and speakers and all of you that attended. It is hoped that the conference was informative and provided sufficient content to encourage you to take up or carry on with the examinations CILA has to offer.
Neil Powell, Chairman, CILA Future Focus Committee