The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has appointed Graeme Trudgill, its current Executive Director, to succeed Steve White as BIBA’s next Chief Executive. He takes up the role with immediate effect following a process conducted by an independent third party to consider external and internal candidates.
BIBA Chair, Jonathan Evans, said: “Graeme is a force to be reckoned with in the insurance industry, and is the right choice for our next CEO. He has been a key player at BIBA, involved in strategic decisions at the very top for a long time. Graeme has outstanding engagement skills being able to unify multiple stakeholders for the benefit of brokers. During my time as an MP, I had direct experience of his professional approach to lobbying for and representation of BIBA’s members, so I am without doubt that he will successfully take BIBA through its next phase.”
Trudgill commented: “I’ll be leading from the front using my experience as a broker, and from my 22 years at BIBA to take the organisation to the next level. I’m in a unique position to understand what members need and to be able to build on the success of Steve’s leadership. We are in the change business, with ever developing changes to legislation, regulation, technology, risks and customer needs. I am prepared to make necessary adaptations, here at BIBA, to our approach and activities that will provide the best possible support for members as we move forward.”
As Executive Director, Graeme has been a member of BIBA’s main board for ten years and has led the policy team incorporating corporate affairs, technical services, and communications. He has been personally responsible for BIBA’s public affairs lobby with Government and has an in depth understanding of members’ issues, through authoring BIBA’s annual Manifesto and his involvement with its advisory boards. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and was a practicing insurance broker prior to joining BIBA.
Current Chief Executive, Steve White said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Graeme for more than 19 years and I’m delighted the Board has made this appointment. I’m certain I’m leaving BIBA in the most capable hands.”
Jane Kielty, BIBA’s Deputy Chair added: “Graeme is already influential in all the areas relevant to insurance brokers. He has a strong reputation for successfully working with Government, industry bodies and leading key policy decisions that are vital to the future of brokers. He is committed to broking, has experience as a broker and has proved his dedication by championing brokers through multiple media and TV interviews and by representing and defending them to Parliamentary Committees.”
White announced his plans to retire at The BIBA Conference in Manchester in May, and leaves as the longest serving CEO having completed ten years of exemplary service, modernising the association.
Evans concluded: “On behalf of BIBA’s Board and members, I would like to thank Steve for his incredible contribution to BIBA and brokers, through his decade of serving as CEO and before, as well as a lifetime of commitment to the industry. He has achieved great things for the association and leaves it in the strongest possible position. We wish him well in his retirement.”
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3. About the 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 around 1800 regulated firms, employing more than 100,000 people. General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy; they arrange 74% of all general insurance with a premium totalling £85.8bn and 93% of all commercial insurance business. Insurance brokers put their customers’ interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.
BIBA receives hundreds of thousands of enquiries per year to its Find Insurance Services, online and via the telephone, which are directed to insurance broking firms.
BIBA is the voice of the sector advising members, Government, regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.