James takes over as president of CII

The Chartered Insurance Institute has elected Julian James as president.

James, who is chief executive of insurance broker Lockton Companies International, was elected at the CII’s annual general meeting in London last week. He takes over from Allianz UK general manager Chris Hanks.

Axa Commercial chief executive Amanda Blanc was elected deputy president.

Speaking at the AGM, James said: “It is a great honour to take the presidency of the CII and I am fortunate that my year in office coincides with the centenary of the CII receiving its royal charter. “Each year, the incoming president chooses a theme for their year in office and I have decided to focus on the next generation of talent. Attracting the best talent to our sector is vital to ensuring the future growth of our profession.”

CII chief executive Alexander Scott said: “2010 was extremely important for the CII. With the support of our members and corporate partners, we can claim to be on a sound financial footing and despite the challenges of the economy, we emerge from last year in good shape.

“All that we achieve is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of those members who believe excellence is the benchmark by which our profession should be judged. I would like to thank all those members who advocate professionalism and provide so much support for our work.”