IFB hopes new appointments will assist with its expansion into more lines

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has announced Amanda Blanc’s replacement as chair of its board and has added three new members.

The new appointments will work with the current board members to drive the IFB’s strategic vision forward and expand its remit beyond motor.

Current chair Blanc is heading to Zurich to take on the role of EMEA chief executive.

Taking her place is Aviva UK general insurance managing director Rob Townend.

Townend commented: “Detecting, stopping and preventing insurance fraud is a priority for our industry and as IFB chair I will be focused on continuing the sustained fight against crime. We have the knowledge and expertise to stop fraudsters in their tracks and to remain one step ahead of any fresh attempts to defraud the insurance industry and to drag innocent people into their activities.

“In addition, in my role as chair I am looking forward to supporting the IFB on a number of exciting and essential projects, including the implementation of the new intelligence management system, the IFiHUB.”

Following last October’s introduction of a new counter-fraud governance structure, the IFB has made an additional three key appointments to its board.

Admiral head of claims liability Matt Paterson joins, along with LV claims director Martin Milliner and Direct Line Group director of group compliance David Baker.

The new additions aim to assist the IFB as it looks to move beyond motor and into other lines.

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