Graham Gibson appointed chairman of Thatcham Research, replacing RSA’s Ian Currie

Thatcham Research has announced Allianz’s Graham Gibson (pictured) as its new chairman.

Gibson, who is chief claims officer at Allianz Insurance, will replace RSA’s UK motor and injury claims director and current Thatcham chairman, Ian Currie, who is retiring.

Thatcham believes Gibson, who is also a board member for the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), has extensive experience in a range of market initiatives across claims and personal injury.

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Ruth McRitchie, Thatcham Research director of finance, welcomed Gibson’s appointment:

“I am delighted to welcome Graham as our new chairman. He brings a wealth of experience from his role at Allianz, together with his commitment and enthusiasm for Thatcham.

“We’re very much looking forward to working even more closely with Graham as he prepares to build on everything that Ian has delivered for us. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ian who has provided us with such strong leadership.”

Gibson said: “I am excited to have been given this opportunity to work closely with Thatcham Research. Their passion and commitment to improving automotive safety and security demonstrates a dedication to both the insurance industry and vehicle manufacturers.

“I have seen first-hand the hard work and innovative research carried out by Thatcham Research having been an active member of its board since 2012. I look forward to working with members of the team and producing some exciting research.”

McRitchie then paid tribute to the outgoing Currie.

“Under Ian Currie’s leadership, we have repositioned ourselves to address the future challenges for the motor insurance industry.

“Our new three-year strategic plan sets out the key challenges of preparing our members for the emergence of autonomous and assisted driving. This includes the impact of connected cars and cybersecurity, along with the repair challenges resulting from the rapid growth of new electric and hybrid vehicles.”