The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has made new appointments to its main board and broadened access to it.
Reflecting one of the most pressing priorities for members, regulation, David Sparkes has been appointed to the role of regulation director in a new main board position.
Commenting on his appointment, Sparkes said: “It is a great honour for me to be invited to join the main board and I look forward to continuing to support and represent members in my new capacity.”
Emma Chapman has also been appointed to the main board, as conference director, following two successful annual BIBA conferences after the postponement of events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lindsay Campbell, who was previously in that role, remains in the conference team as conference manager on a part-time basis.
Chapman said: “I am proud to have been invited to join the board. The BIBA Conference is an important event in the insurance calendar and I’m looking forward to building on its success and helping to shape the future of BIBA.”
The organisation has also made provision for other senior managers, including head of commercial Nicola Maguire and head of insurance Alastair Blundell, who now have wider remits, to attend certain main board meetings.
Recognising the growing importance of environmental social and governance matters, Vannessa Young is assuming responsibility for sustainability alongside her compliance and advisory boards management roles. She will be driving forward BIBA’s support for members in this area.
Finally, BIBA intends to recruit two new team members to bolster its regulation and public affairs activities.
Commenting on the changes, new BIBA chief executive officer Graeme Trudgill said: “I see the overarching themes of issues that are relevant to members being encompassed by regulation and legislation, investment in operational support for members and the future. These changes within BIBA will greatly assist members.”
“I am also delighted to welcome David and Emma to the main board. Having new voices will enable us to stay on top of the broad range of matters that impact brokers.”