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National Farmers' Union Mutual Insurance Society

Year company established:

UK head office:
Tiddington Road
CV37 7BJ
tel: 01789 204 211
fax: 01789 202 822


Company history:
The NFU Mutual's roots lie in the first decade of the century when seven Warwickshire farmers founded a mutual insurance company as an incentive for fellow farmers to join the newly formed Farmers' Union.
The NFU has grown to become the UK's leading rural insurer, providing cover for the majority of the UK's farmers and growers together with an increasing number of country people and businesses.

Chief officer:
Andrew Young, managing director

UK branch offices:

UK staff:

UK general insurance agents:

Main classes of business:
commercial and personal lines

Key general insurance personnel:
Nicolas Carter, general manager, finance
Ian Geden, general manger, NFU Mutual General
Tony Craig, assistant general manager
Tim Hewson-Stoate, assistant general manager
James White, assistant general manager
Rolf Wilson, assistant general manager
Neil Mckenzie, assistant general manager


NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Year company established:

UK head office:
Arden Street
CV37 6WA
tel: 01789 416003
fax: 01789 415520

Company history:
When Avon Insurance began life, its principal aim was to provide an additional dimension to the NFU Mutual Insurance Society.Avon has grown to become a dynamic and successful company in its own right.Avon moved to its own purpose-built head office in 1991 and opened its Liverpool regional office in 1992.

Today, service for its customers is provided through a strategically located network of offices around the UK, backed by two regional offices.Avon is part of the NFU Mutual Group and therefore, there are no shareholders. Retained profits are the foundation of the group's financial strength

Chief officer:
Alan Harris, general manager

Alan Harris is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute as well as a chartered insurer and, in addition, holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from City University Business School.He was appointed general manager of Avon in June 1996 and has worked for the group for 25 years.He is also a non-executive of the Belgian reinsurance company Secura.

He began his career with the group in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked in a number of roles including inspector, regional manager, life sales manager and agency manager

UK branch offices:

UK staff:

Main classes of business:
commercial – 42%,
personal – 34%
and motor – 24%.

Key general insurance personnel:
Vivien Roley, marketing executive
Adrian Johnson, city manager
Roger Williams, underwriting manager
Barry McDonald, claims manager
Andrew Spriggs, personal lines manager
Martin Stanley, IT manager
Steve Turner, reinsurance manager
Chris Williams, area manager – south
Bill Atkinson, area manager – north
Chris Partridge, financial controller