’I’m in a unique position to understand what members need and to be able to build on the success of Steve’s leadership,’ says new chief executive 

Biba has appointed Graeme Trudgill as its new chief executive, a statement released today (4 July 2023) has revealed.

Trudgill will replace Steve White, who announced he would be stepping down from the role at the Biba conference earlier this year (10 May 2023).

He will take up the position with immediate effect following a process conducted by an independent third party to consider external and internal candidates.

“I’m in a unique position to understand what members need and to be able to build on the success of Steve’s leadership,” Trudgill, who most recently served as executive director, said.

“We are in the change business, with ever developing changes to legislation, regulation, technology, risks and customer needs.

“I am prepared to make necessary adaptations, here at Biba, to our approach and activities that will provide the best possible support for members as we move forward.”

’Next level’

Trudgill has been a member of Biba’s main board for 10 years and led the policy team, which incorporated corporate affairs, technical services and communications. 

He was also responsible for Biba’s public affairs lobby with government and authored the association’s annual manifesto.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and was a practicing insurance broker prior to joining Biba.

“I’ll be leading from the front using my experience as a broker and from my 22 years at Biba to take the organisation to the next level,” Trudgill said.

White, who said that he was stepping down as chief executive with a “heavy heart”, added that he was certain he would be leaving the association ”in the most capable hands”.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Graeme for more than 19 years and I’m delighted the board has made this appointment,” he added.

Meanwhile, Biba chair Jonathan Evans said Trudgill was a “force to be reckoned with in the insurance industry and is the right choice to be the next chief executive”.

“He has been a key player at Biba, involved in strategic decisions at the very top for a long time,” he added.

“Graeme has outstanding engagement skills, being able to unify multiple stakeholders for the benefit of brokers.

“During my time as an MP, I had direct experience of his professional approach to lobbying for and representation of Biba’s members, so I am without doubt that he will successfully take Biba through its next phase.”