New McGovern Medal recognises outstanding educational achievement
Jun 15 2016
The Insurance Institute launched a new award at this year’s conferral ceremony, which recognises those who have achieved an outstanding milestone in their educational journey.
The McGovern Medal was created in memory of the late Paddy McGovern, who passed away in April this year. Paddy was a devoted supporter of The Insurance Institute, holding a number of influential positions including National President from 1978–79. In 2009 he was accorded the honour of Life Vice President of the Institute for his many contributions that have made the organisation the success it is today. Paddy became an FCII in 1956 and showed an unwavering commitment to education and lifelong learning.
The first McGovern Medal was awarded to Anne Dalton of Willis Towers Watson, who was conferred at the ceremony with her FCII qualification. Anne also received international recognition from the Chartered Insurance Institute for her fellowship dissertation, earning the Rutter Medal for the Best New Fellow.
Speaking of her win, Anne commented on her long journey towards achieving this career highlight:
“The FCII was a big commitment and at times, especially at the outset, the workload did seem quite daunting – but the support and encouragement of The Insurance Institute and Willis Towers Watson made it much more manageable. I was absolutely thrilled when I received notification from the CII confirming my election as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, it meant that all of the hard work and social life sacrifices over the previous two years had been worth it.
In May of this year the CII contacted me to advise that I had been awarded the Rutter Medal for 2016 – it is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award. To then be presented with the Paddy McGovern Medal at this year’s Insurance Institute of Dublin conferral was a lovely surprise and meeting the late Paddy McGovern’s sisters and nephew on the night made it all the more meaningful.
The conferral was a very proud moment for myself and my family – it was the highlight event in my career to date.”