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Publication date:

30 June 2021

Last updated:

30 June 2021


Chartered Insurance Institute

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has appointed Aston Lark CEO Peter Blanc as President for 2022.

Mr Blanc leads one of the largest Chartered Insurance Brokers in the UK with more than 1,500 staff across 53 locations in the UK and Ireland. 

Mr Blanc is also non-executive chairman of Hastings Insurance Services Ltd, the broker arm of Hastings Direct, and up until recently served as chairman of the Large Brokers’ Advisory Board at the British Insurance Brokers Insurance Association (BIBA).

In the coming months he will work closely with current CII President and CEO of Aon UK Ltd 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 and ways the insurance profession can address the unmet needs of consumers.

Mr Blanc said: “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.”

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

Mr Higginbotham was appointed as Swiss Re’s CEO Reinsurance Asia and Regional President Asia on 8 July 2019.

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

Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute, noted: “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.”

This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.