David Sales installed as Master
Written by David Worsfold on 02nd October 2020
David Sales was installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Insurers for 2020-21 at a unique ceremony streamed live from the National Liberal Club last night.
This incorporated all the usual elements of Common Hall and the subsequent Court meeting to install the new officers. In accordance with public health guidelines, just six officers were permitted on stage in the David Lloyd George Room but they were joined by over 100 members online who were able to vote and ask questions just as they would have done at the normal face-to-face event.
As Master, Mr Sales said he would build on the strong legacy he is inheriting: “During her year as Master, Rosemary adopted the theme of ‘Invest in the Future’ and I want to build on this during my year and focus particularly on Nurturing Inclusion and Talent in a changing world.
“I strongly feel that as a Livery company we must reflect the Insurance community we are part of and recognise the changing times we live in… Good progress has already been made in the diversity space and it is the inclusion part where action is now needed”.
He said that the year ahead would be challenging but that he was approaching it with enthusiasm and confidence.
“I have confidence that we will soon return to happier times.
“I have confidence that the insurance industry will emerge more efficient and robust.
“And I have absolute confidence that we will come out of these dark and unsettled times a stronger and more dynamic modern livery company and I thank you all for giving me the opportunity of playing a key part in that”.
The outgoing Master Rosemary Beaver reflected on the huge challenges she has faced during her term office:
“Last October I promised to do my best to ‘Invest in the Future’ of our wonderful Company and to build on the legacy of warm and wise Fellowship created by our Past Masters and members. During this year, keeping this promise has often seemed a very tall order. With the loyal support and encouragement of our Officers, Past Masters and Chairs, and with the dedicated support of our new Clerk, we have endeavoured to respond to the challenge to build that new future for the Company and, most importantly, for the people we support”.
Her comprehensive review of the year focussed on the transition from in-person to online events and the significant expansion of the Company’s support for charities, especially those reaching out to people affected by the pandemic.
In a break with precedent, Rosemary Beaver did not become Past Master but was installed as Junior Warden. This is to give her the opportunity to serve a year as Master in 2022-23 which we all hope will not be so severely disrupted. Nicholas Dunlop was installed as Senior Warden and Terry Masters will continue as Past Master for 2020-21.
• Pictured above are Junior Warden Nicholas Dunlop, Master David Sales and Junior Warden Rosemary Beaver.
Watch the Installation of the new Master and his speech to members.
Watch Master Rosemary Beaver's report on her year in office.
Watch the full recording of Common Hall.