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CII names first independent chair

April 29, 2020

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has named Helen Phillips as the first independent chair to the board, for an initial three year term effective on 1 July 2020.

This is a role where members voted to create at the annual general meeting in 2019. Until now the president of the CII has also acted as chair of the CII’s board. The chair will be responsible for providing leadership of the board.

CCI said by separating the two roles the president will be able to focus on their ambassadorial role.

In her new role, she will work with the board to set the strategic direction of the CII as the professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and personal finance space.

Phillips is currently independent chair of the Legal Services board, oversight regulator for the legal services sector, chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a founding non-executive director of Social Work England.

She was previously the founding chief executive and board member of Natural England and director for Wales of the Environment Agency.

Philips shared: “I’m both honoured and delighted to be appointed as the first independent Chair of the CII. I am looking forward to working with the President, Sian and her team, and the board in the next stage of the CII’s development. I am also looking forward to exploring how my experience of chairing boards in other sectors can be a mutual benefit to the insurance profession.”

Nick turner, president of the CII, said: “The breadth of Helen’s experience in executive and non-executive roles in a range of sectors is impressive. Her skillset and the independence that Helen brings will be of huge value to the CII’s management team and board. I look forward to working with Helen on the strategic direction of the professional body.”