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BIBA appoints Jonathan Evans as chair

Former MP and MEP succeeds Lord Hunt

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has announced that its new chair will be former Insurance Minister and current board member, Jonathan Evans.

Evans (pictured) succeeds outgoing chair, Lord Hunt of Wirral, whose tenure ends in December 2019.

Lord Hunt said that following consultation with members, BIBA had opted for an independent chair, and one with links to both politics and the insurance sector.

Evans is a former Insurance Minister and also previously chaired All-Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance.

Steve White, BIBA CEO, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan has agreed to take the position of Chair. He has already served on our board for one year as a non-executive director and his experience, credentials and insights will certainly help BIBA to continue to lead the way.

He takes up the reins from David [Hunt] who I am sorry to see stand down. He has helped steer BIBA very successfully over the last six years through some times of enormous change.”

Evans said: “I am delighted to accept the role of chair, having admired the work BIBA does for many years. As I’ve worked closely with the team for a year now, I’m really looking forward to helping BIBA continue its successful trajectory.”

Evans served two decades as an MP and MEP and has a background as a solicitor specialising in insurance law. He will take up the position of chair in January 2020.

Meanwhile, BIBA also said that it has appointed Caroline Barr as a new non-executive director to its main board.

Barr is a former civil servant who has a commercial background in financial services. She is a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel and has represented the panel with Government at senior level.

White said: “Caroline has had broad experience, either in or cutting across our sector and will bring a fresh viewpoint to our table.  I am looking forward to working with her, learning from her involvement in policy making, Government and lobbying to shape BIBA’s future strategy.”

Barr said: “I am really looking forward to being part of BIBA and working with Steve and the rest of the team. The landscape for insurance broking is changing fast, making this an interesting time to be involved in such an influential organization as BIBA.”