The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named current executive director Graeme Trudgill as the successor to Steve White.
Trudgill becomes the association’s chief executive with immediate effect, following an evaluation of external and internal candidates by an independent third party.
He has been a member of BIBA’s main board for 10 years and has led the policy team, which includes corporate affairs, technical services, and communications.
Trudgill has been personally responsible for BIBA’s public affairs lobbying and has a thorough understanding of member issues through authoring of the association’s annual manifesto and serving on its advisory boards.
BIBA chair Jonathan Evans described Trudgill as “a force to be reckoned with in the insurance industry”.
Evans continued: “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.”
Commenting on his promotion, Trudgill said: “I’ll be leading from the front using my experience as a broker and 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.”
White, who announced he was stepping down as chief executive of BIBA in May, added: “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, also 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.”
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