Direct Line’s Tom Woolgrove is deputy

Amanda Blanc CII

AXA boss Amanda Blanc has been elected as the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) 116th president.

Blanc, AXA’s commercial lines and personal intermediary chief executive, takes over from Lockton chief Julian James.

Direct Line Group’s personal lines managing director Tom Woolgrove has also been elected as CII deputy president.

Blanc said:  “It is a great honour to take on the presidency of the Chartered Insurance Institute. I shall be following in the footsteps of many great figures in the world of insurance and financial services and I hope that, in my year in office, I uphold the traditions of this esteemed office.

“I am fortunate that my year in office coincides with the second half of the centenary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the CII. It is no exaggeration to say that recent developments relating to banking have thrust the issue of professional standards to centre stage of public discussion. I passionately believe that the Aldermanbury Declaration has set us on the path to raising professional standards in general insurance but we must not rest on our laurels - we must redouble our efforts to ensure our own house is in order.

“Finally, I look forward to visiting many of the local institutes in my year if office to meet as many of you as possible.”

CII chief executive Sandy Scott said: “This is a significant year for the CII as we celebrate 100 years of our Royal Charter. The principles expressed in our Charter, of securing and justifying the confidence of the public, have never been more important or relevant given the current difficult economic conditions in the UK and abroad. 

“It is because of the hard work and dedication of all volunteers, officers and members of the CII that the ambition of our Charter remains achievable. I would like to thank Julian for his commitment to the CII and its members over the past year, and it is with great pleasure that I welcome Amanda Blanc as president and Tom Woolgrove as deputy president for the coming year.”