BIBA announces board changes

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has announced a range of changes to its main board, which largely consists of members who serve for a maximum six-year term. 

The governance structure of BIBA,  which sought to “successfully bring its operation into the hands of its members”, was created after Steve White was appointed CEO in 2013. 

A number of board members have now reached the end of their maximum term, which in turn has brought about the changes that took effect yesterday (5 May). 

Chair of Biba, Jonathan Evans, said: “Over the last seven years, having a structure that allows BIBA to be run ‘by members, for members’ has contributed to our effectiveness. 

“Having various members on our board gives us the opportunity to understand where best to focus our resources.”  

He added: “I am immensely grateful to those brokers who have helped steer us for the last six years and wish them continued success.  

“We welcome the new board members and the contributions and indeed challenges they will bring to help BIBA navigate the coming years.”

One such change includes Paul Dickson, CEO of innovation broking, taking up the position of chair to the smaller brokers advisory board, with Karen Weir as his deputy chair. 

Both have been appointed in place of Andrew Gibbons of Mason Owen and Ashley Rogoff of Ashley Page.

Dickson has more than 40 years of insurance broking experience, having previously worked at Lloyd’s. Meanwhile, Weir has experience in both insurer and broking sectors, and is MD of family business Weir Insurance in Northumberland. 

Both Dickson and Weir will now represent smaller broker interests in developing the direction of BIBA, and Dickson will additionally chair BIBA’s Finance Committee.  

Dickson said: “Brokers with under 100 employees make up the bulk of BIBA’s 1,800 member firms. BIBA supports those firms by taking up the issues that matter to them, from regulation, to flood re, to professional indemnity cover for the construction sector.” 

Weir added: “I am looking forward to continuing to work with BIBA and help represent the hundreds of smaller brokers in the UK who operate at the ‘coalface’ of serving UK businesses. I’m delighted to be an active part of the work BIBA does for members.”

BIBA has also made an internal appointment to the board, with Lindsay Campbell taking up the new role of conference director. She has over 20 years of experience managing BIBA’s annual conference and exhibition during her role as executive assistant and company secretary.

Steve White, BIBA CEO said: “Lindsay makes an outstanding contribution to BIBA. Her appointment to the Board comes as she calls on her vast experience to take on operational responsibility for our annual conference.” 

Campbell concluded: “Our members’ are at the heart of everything we do at BIBA and I’m very looking forward to being able to impart some of the knowledge I have built up over the last twenty years to help represent members’ interests.”

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