With eight weeks to go before the start of the British Insurance Brokers' Association conference, Post has decided to shine a light on some of the perhaps lesser-known staff at the trade body. This week, we talk to Kirsty Wingrove, Biba membership co-ordinator.
Explain your role at Biba?
I work within the membership department looking after the needs and aspirations of our members - maintaining the Biba database, linking in with the regions and recruiting new members. I started working for Biba six-and-a-half years ago on our office manager's birthday and was delighted with the array of cream cakes that were on offer. I am happy to report that the flow of cakes has continued throughout the years.
How has the organisation changed since you joined?
Biba has changed in many ways; the introduction of statutory regulation by the Financial Services Authority in 2005 has had a major impact on the products and services offered by Biba. Our members rely on us to look after their interests regarding all things regulatory and feel that representation is paramount and an integral part of membership.
What has been your most satisfying experience at Biba?
Without a doubt it was the moment Biba's name was called as the winner of Trade Association of the Year. We are a small, hard-working team and seeing our name displayed on screen as a 'winner' was very rewarding.
What has been your favourite Biba conference moment to date?
It's is very hard to pick a favourite moment - Sebastian Coe, Erin Brockovich and Chris Gardner have all been inspirational speakers but my favourite has to be Sir Bob Geldof. I could listen to him speaking for hours.
If an alien spaceship landed on the Excel arena during the 2010 conference and asked you to explain what Biba is, what would you say?
A force to be reckoned with! A trade association that puts our members' needs first and where every member plays a part in being the voice of the industry.
Who would be your dream speaker at a Biba conference and why?
I'm not sure that, as a newly-married woman, I should admit to this but my dream speaker would be Gerard Butler. Specifically, dressed in his costume from the film 300 - tiny shorts, six pack, need I say more?
Where would be your dream location for the 2011 conference?
The Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach Florida (yes, it does exist). A conference filled with lazing on sun loungers, sandy beaches, turquoise sea and many, many cocktails.
Please finish: "The Biba conference is still as relevant as ever because...
It addresses all the industry issues of the day and provides the best networking arena of any event in the insurance calendar.
Who, in your opinion, would be the Biba member of staff most likely to go on Britain's Got Talent? And what would they do?
I can definitely see our membership manager Paul Garland dressed in his 1970s retro purple platforms playing lead guitar, with his fellow executives Eric, Steve, Peter and Graeme on backing vocals singing 'It's fun to work at the B-I-B-A'.
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