Airmic chair stresses the importance of diversity of thought

Published on Tue, 14/12/2021 - 10:34

Diversity of thought is key to finding solutions to new problems, according to the chair of Airmic, Claire Coombes, said, as she opened the 2021 Airmic dinner held in London on 7 December. 

Claire welcomed Airmic’s growth in members from different parts of organisations who were recognising their role in managing risk and how Airmic could support them. “Recent events show that everyone manages risk, whether they know it or not. Globally, as a country and as a profession, we have collaborated to find solutions to new problems. Diversity of thought is key to this,” she said.

As part of Airmic’s focus on diversity and inclusion, Claire chose the sight loss charity RNIB which is working with businesses to make them visibly better employers. “I’m passionate about the work that the RNIB is doing to allow employers to tap into the uncapped potential of blind and partly sighted employees.”

Claire paid tribute to Airmic members, partners and the Airmic secretariat for everything the organisation had achieved over a turbulent period. She said: “When I became Chair, Julia gave me a book on the history of Airmic. The first annual dinner was held on 3 December 1964, attended by some 400 members and guests. Airmic as an organisation has evolved significantly since then, yet it is right that we still reflect, congratulate and celebrate our achievements in risk and insurance.”