Kerrie Kelly had 'drive and energy' but source suggests insurers were disappointed with results

Last week’s shock departure by Kerrie Kelly as director-general of the ABI was triggered by disappointment that she had not been able to make more progress on turning around the large and complex trade body.

The ABI said last week that Kelly had left for “personal reasons” after six months in the post.

A source told Insurance Times that the association’s chief paymasters in the big insurers were disappointed that she had not done more.

But outgoing ABI chair Archie Kane said: “Although she has only been here for a short time, Kerrie has had the drive and energy to make an impact on the organisation and the industry during an important period.”

ABI director of life and savings Maggie Craig, who was the association’s caretaker head last year, will once again take over until a permanent replacement is found.