The new chairman will replace John Hylands, who is stepping down after 11 years on the board

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office has appointed David Henderson as its new chairman with effect from 19 March 2019.

Henderson has been a non-executive director at the firm since April 2016, but will now make the step up to chairman, replacing John Hylands who is stepping down after 11 years on the board.

David Henderson

New Ecclesiastical chairman, David Henderson

Starting his career specialising in personal tax and UK trusts, Henderson has held many senior positions at top firms such as Kleinwort Benson, Novae Group and Price Forbes & Partners.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the role of chairman.

”Ecclesiastical is truly unique in the financial services world because its purpose, unlike other companies, is to contribute to the greater good of society.

“This is an exciting time for the company, with ambitious plans for next year, and I look forward to helping Ecclesiastical achieve its ambition to become a movement for good in society.”

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical commented: “David has a wealth of industry experience and I’m delighted with his appointment as chairman.

“I’d also like to thank John Hylands for his service to the board over the past 11 years and wish him well for the future.”