Erskine Murray’s Mathew Undenge becomes a Fellow of the CII

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Mathew Undenge has acquired his FCII accreditation, making him a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). He is amongst a select few nationally to have attained CII’s highest qualification and the only qualifier in his local institute – the Insurance Institute of Leicester.

FCII is a highly prestigious endorsement and notoriously difficult to achieve. To become FCII you must adhere to a rigorous set of criteria, relating to professionalism and capability, in order to meet the standards of the programme. Hence, only the very best are awarded the title.

Mathew commented: “When I decided to do the Fellowship, I was informed that it takes on average two to five years to complete the programme.  However, I went on to do a crash course, completing the qualification in just 18-months. It was an extremely intense and pressurised few months, particularly as I became a father during this time, however it’s been very rewarding along the way.” 

Attaining this premier qualification showcases an individual’s knowledge, experience and professionalism within the sector. Being a Fellow tells partners, clients and insurers that you hold a major professional qualification and that you are committed to continuing professional development.

Alan Wheeler, Commercial Director at Erskine Murray said: “We are incredibly proud of Mathew for this achievement. It takes a significant amount of dedication and commitment to become a Fellow, which Mathew has shown throughout the programme, working immensely hard to meet all the necessary criteria.

“People are the cornerstone of our business. The value they bring is professional advice and excellent customer service, hence we are investors in people. The development of our team is vital to our continued success, which is why we encourage annual participation on various training and development courses.”

There are numerous components that candidates must fulfil throughout the FCII programme including; Business Ethics Programme (BEP), fulfilment of a Major Achievement after passing the Advanced Diploma/Associateship, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Statement of Personal Development (SPD) and the final Application for Election to the Fellowship.

Mathew went on to say: “I genuinely enjoyed every element of the programme. However, I found the BEP, Major Achievement and SPD the most challenging parts, whereas the CPD was an area I particularly enjoyed.

“I approach learning in a conscious and proactive way, rather than a passive and reactive way. I feel this is the most beneficial way to improve my personal development. I’m always eager to learn and am open to new experiences so I’m looking forward to keeping up my CPD over the years to come, in line with the requirements of the qualification.”

Mathew is now the current holder of the “Mellor Plate” 2018. The Mellor Plate was donated to the local Insurance Institute of Leicester by its President in 1970/71. The plate is awarded every year to the person who achieves the best performance in completing the Fellowship (FCII).

Erskine Murray recently acquired Essex-based brokerage Asciak Holdaway Merritt Ltd adding ‘Professional Indemnity’ to their service portfolio. 

This was the company’s second deal in the last six months having recently acquired Offley Insurance Ltd, a Cheshire-based insurance broker. The acquisitions are expected to boost Erskine Murray’s presence regionally throughout the UK.