N W Brown's Thorpe elected to board

The Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) has elected Phil Thorpe of N W Brown in Cambridge to its board.

In addition to the normal governance role, directors are responsible for representing the views of IIB members and ensuring that the trade body is able to quickly and efficiently to canvas opinions. This is to ensure the views of brokers, government, regulators and, where necessary, product providers, are represented.

N W Brown is a composite brokerage specialising in technology, charity and the educational sector.

Thorpe, who was named director on Tuesday during the IIB's annual general meeting, said that his role with the IIB will help him to make a positive contribution to the industry as well as to his own clients.

“I have been involved in broking for more than 20 years, during which time insurance has proved to be highly rewarding,” he said. “It is not just a matter of ensuring that our clients are properly protected should the worst happen, but also of helping them to reduce the likelihood of a loss occurring. I believe that the regional insurance broker is frequently better placed within the local community to achieve this, than the larger London-based organisation, which cannot hope to have the same degree of local commitment.”

Barbara Bradshaw, IIB chief executive officer, said: “Phil was co-opted on to the board 12 months ago, during which time he has brought invaluable expertise to the Institute. His dynamic and youthful perspective has been invaluable to the board and we are confident that this will continue to benefit both the board in its deliberations and the institute in its vital role within the insurance community, during the coming years.”