Blanc will take on the position from Aon’s Julie Page on 1 January next year

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has appointed Aston Lark chief executive Peter Blanc as its president for 2022.

Blanc leads one of the largest chartered insurance brokers in the UK, with over 1,500 staff across 53 locations in the UK and Ireland.

He is also a non-executive chairman of Hastings Insurance Services, which is the broker arm of insurer Hastings Direct. In addition, from April 2014 to April 2020, he served as chairman of the large brokers advisory board at Biba.

In the coming months, Blanc will work closely with current CII president and chief executive of Aon UK Julie Page, before taking over as president and chair of the president’s forum on 1 January 2022.

The CII president’s forum was created earlier this year to explore new and emerging risks as well as ways the insurance profession can address the unmet needs of consumers.

Sian Fisher, chief executive of CII, said: “I would like to thank Julie for her excellent, continuing work as president during these challenging times and for her focus on establishing the president’s forum and ways our profession can address unmet needs.

“I look forward to working closely with Peter as our new president in 2022 and look forward to working with him on how our profession can adapt, evolve and innovate our products and services in order to maintain the importance and relevance of insurance to the customers it serves.”

Blanc added: “The pandemic has shone a light on how important it is to have insurance solutions that can keep businesses going, so I look forward to becoming president of the CII in 2022 and continuing the professional body’s amazing work to examine ways to close the gap between what consumers expect insurance services to entail and the reality.

“As a profession it is vital that we get to grips with the cause of the expectation gap and how to better educate consumers around coverage.

“Having cover in place is essential if our customers are to do and achieve more in the years to come.”

Additional AGM announcements

Also announced at the CII’s annual general meeting (AGM), which took place today (30 June 2021), Russell Higginbotham was appointed to the role of deputy president.

Higginbotham was appointed as Swiss Re’s chief executive of reinsurance, Asia and regional president of Asia on 8 July 2019.

Now based in Singapore, he oversees more than 2,000 staff in 11 Asian cities.