Barbara Bradshaw moves to consultancy role at BIBA

1st April 2014

Barbara Bradshaw has moved to a consultancy role at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), where she will focus on face-to-face member engagement and contribute to the Smaller Brokers’ Advisory Board.

The move follows the full integration of the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) into BIBA and the completion of the governance workstream of BIBA’s strategic review.

Barbara said: “I’m delighted to still be playing an important role at BIBA, two and a half years after the merger. The strategic review has ensured that we have achieved everything that the IIB wanted – our aim was to provide a strong trade association and lobbying voice for general insurance brokers, and we have been successful in delivering that.”

The strategic review has resulted in BIBA’s new advisory board structure, including the development of the Smaller Brokers’ Advisory Board which is the only advisory board that returns two people to the main BIBA Board.

Barbara continued: “The time is now right for me to take a consultancy role but I will still be playing a key role in meeting members face-to-face and learning about their issues.  I am confident that the Smaller Brokers’ Advisory Board, and its two main Board members, will be successful in taking the lead on small member issues.”

Barbara joined BIBA in 2011 with a specific responsibility to integrate the IIB’s membership and develop a group focused on the issues that affect smaller firms. Her initial contract was for one year but after achieving her objectives she has decided to remain involved through a consultancy position.

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Barbara has agreed to continue to be involved at BIBA. Her passion for small brokers and commitment to their issues is incredible. She has played a helpful role in the strategic review and we are all confident that we now have the right governance structure in place to fully represent all members, not least the smaller ones.”

 

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Notes to editors

1. For further information please contact:

BIBA press office:
Leighann Forsyth, Head of Communications
020 7397 0223
forsythl@biba.org.uk

2. About British Insurance Brokers' Association

The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) is the UK's leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms having merged with the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) in November 2011.

General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy and BIBA brokers employ more than 100,000 staff.

53% of all general insurance is sold by an insurance broker and they arrange 81% of all commercial insurance business.

Insurance brokers put the client’s interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

BIBA helps more than 400,000 people a year to access insurance protection through it’s Find a Broker service, both online and via the telephone.

BIBA is the voice of the industry advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.   BIBA provides unique schemes and facilities, technical advice, guidance on regulation and business support and is helping to raise, and maintain, industry standards.