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Nothing new under the LIA sun

The article about the creation of the “new role” of director general of the LIA (Money Marketing, November 21)is something of a rewrite of history.

My good (and sadly late) friend Keith Williams was the original director general, very instrumental in taking the LIA (at a time when the words “life insurance” were a respected and dignified part of the association&#39s title) from very small beginnings in the 1970s for many years to the position of leading industry body.

Keith was the driving force in just about every initiative that the LIA took upon itself, from industry leaders&#39 meetings to national conferences.

His contract came to an end under the auspices of a particular set of executive members (now known as directors) as, maybe rightly, they felt his autocratic style was just too much for the far greater and more inclusive organisation that the LIA had by then become.

In a similar move, the LIA “launched” the managers&#39 section a few years ago. This was not new and had been in place many years before, developed to a substantial national body by a certain LIA executive member.

It should never be forgotten, that without the entrepreneurship of people such as Keith Williams, Clive Holmes, Ken Clarke and others, there would be no LIA today.

I wish the new incumbent well, but he should know that he is following a tradition, not creating a new one.

A wise man looks to history before deciding upon the future.

Derek Forbes (LIA executive member a long time ago),

Forbes Management,

Orford, Suffolk

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