ABI confirms three leadership appointments

Nicky Morgan, Hannah Gurga and Dianne Hayter have joined the association

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has confirmed three new senior leadership appointments.

Baroness Nicky Morgan is to become the first independent chair in a newly defined role. She takes over from Jon Dye who is stepping down having served as ABI chair since July 2019.

Hannah Gurga will become the new director general, taking up the post in early 2022. She joins from UK Finance where she is managing director, digital, technology and cyber and chief of staff, and has previously worked for the London Stock Exchange Group, ICAP and HM Treasury alongside other Government roles.

She replaces Huw Evans who announced earlier this year that he is stepping down from the role in December to join KPMG as a partner in the new year.

Baroness Dianne Hayter will join as an independent non-executive director and become the senior independent director on the ABI board.

The two new board roles have been introduced as part of reforms announced earlier this year to bring “fresh external perspectives, enrich diversity of experience and reinforce strong governance”.

Both of the board appointments have commenced this month for a period of three years. The roles are focused solely on internal activity and governance.

As previously announced, Barry O’Dwyer, group CEO, Royal London has taken on the role of ABI president and Cristina Nestares, UK CEO, Admiral Group Plc, is the ABI’s deputy president to provide public-facing leadership.

Morgan said: “The insurance and long-term savings industry is one of the UK’s biggest global success stories. There are many challenges and opportunities facing the sector ranging from customer trust to supporting the transition to net zero.

“The ABI has an excellent reputation and I’m excited to take on this new role as the ABI’s first independent chair at this crucial time.”

Gurga said: “The ABI is globally recognised as a leading advocate for the insurance and long-term savings industry, and I am committed to building on its reputation to ensure we help members deliver the best outcomes for their customers.

“The external environment in which we’re operating is changing rapidly and it is vital that the ABI delivers across issues as varied as climate change, diversity and inclusion, resilience and the digital and data revolution. I look forward to working with members, colleagues, government and regulators to enhance our industry’s reputation and impact.”

Hayter added: “The ABI’s members play a vital role in supporting our economy and providing a financial safety net for families across the UK. I’m delighted to take up the role of independent non-executive director and look forward to seeing what more can be done to boost consumer trust.”

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