By David Pipkin, Underwriting Director
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The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and the effect upon our personal lives is significant. Businesses large and small are struggling to adapt. But please give a thought to the many charities who provide vital services and support to thousands of people.
Temple plan to increase our support to several charities this year but, as you will have no doubt read in the legal press, many charitable events have been cancelled. This has included the Spinal Injuries Association 2020 Cornflower Ball in Manchester, The Rugby Legends dinner in London in aid of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People and the Child Brain Injury Trust conference in Birmingham. Many other similar events will now not place over the next 3 to 4 months.
Undoubtedly this will reduce charitable donations. Here at Temple we will be doing all that we can to support a number of charities. One way is to regularly highlight the activities of several charities and try and stimulate some further donations. Temple will continue to plan events for later in the year, for which we will be inviting our customers to participate with the aim of raising funds. Here’s an update on two charity’s we support –
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF)
A new Care and Rehabilitation Centre is due to open in April and much work is ongoing to ensure all is ready. We shall update as to progress.
In February, The Grange in Kent – who provide residential care for 22 people with learning difficulties and a supported living service for others – became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QEF, which has allowed them to expand their remit into the learning disability sector.
Temple has been proud to support the JBVC Foundation’s charity work. Their next ‘through the gateway’ counselling project is progressing with more than a dozen clients being assisted after leaving prison. The aim is to reduce reoffending and give these young people a chance to breakaway from gang culture and start a fresh.
We hope to host an event later in the year when Dr Johnson Beharry VC will speak about his heroic exploits and explain why he set up the foundation in his name to inspire young people to leave gang culture.
David was Director of Temple’s Underwriting Division for 14 years during which time he supported Temple’s coverholders with his exceptional knowledge, expert guidance and friendly countenance.
He is now a Non-Executive member of the board supporting the strategic direction of the company and attending key events and meetings with our customers.
David has spent over 40 years as a Legal Executive specialising in personal injury litigation. Initially, he was a claimant litigator pursuing leading industrial accident and disease cases.
As an Associate at Davies Arnold Cooper for over a decade he managed a team of lawyers and acted for defendants in personal injury and general insurance litigation. In this role, he became involved in the early development of the ATE market, assisting the ABI in their involvement in the Court of Appeal test cases such as Callery v Gray.
As the London representative for FOIL he was involved in the liability insurers’ approach to ATE and worked with the government and judiciary in several key consultations. He was a member of the CILEX National Council for over 15 years and was CILEX President in 1995/6.
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