The chair, Jonathan Evans, was re-elected as were the three deputy chairs, Andy Love, Lord Hunt of Wirral and Lord Newby. The group has two new hon secretaries following the decision of Tracey Crouch to step down, although she remains a member of the group. Succeeding her will be Heather Wheeler, elected as Conservative MP for Derbyshire South last year and a qualified member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and long-standing Conservative MP for Gainborough, Edward Leigh.
The other change is that Jonathan Swift, now Editor-in-Chief of Post and Insurance Age, will take over the lead role in co-ordinating the group's activities from me. This is a role that I have performed since 1990 when the late Sir Robert McCrindle and myself set about creating an all party group to cover the insurance industry, finally establishing the group at the beginning of 1991. I recently wrote about some of the highlights of working with the group over the last 20 years so I am not going to rehearse them all again here.
This is an ideal time to hand over the reins. 20 years is a long time and it has been hugely rewarding to work with Parliamentarians and a wide range of leading figures in the insurance and financial services sector to ensure that government and Parliament are better informed about innumerable issues, large and small. But the main reasons for making the change now is that we are one year into a new-look Parliament with the group successfully reformed and working well, engaging with the industry, pressing regulators and government on key issues and attracting support from across the political spectrum. At the same time, Jonathan Swift has moved up to be Editor-in-Chief of Incisive Media's prestigious stable of insurance brands, publications and events, the very job that I was doing when we started the group. It made for perfect timing.
I am not disappearing and I was asked by Jonathan Evans at today's meeting whether I would still be around - I certainly hope so as I support both Jonathans in the next phase of the group's development. I also intend to keep going with this blog as the pace of regulatory reform accelerates over the next couple of years.
A huge well done to all involved with organising our Remembrance Day event on Friday, including our Corporate Real Estate team. One of them, Ibrahim, took this incredible footage of poppies dropping as he (along with others) leaned (safely!) over the gantry to let them go. pic.twitter.com/pSbapkWBBR— Lloyd's (@LloydsofLondon) November 12, 2018
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