She has previous experience at RSA and RBS Insurance

Ecclesiastical has appointed Denise Cockrem as its new group chief financial officer.

She will join the firm’s board as an executive director from the 1 July after leading the finance, actuarial, risk and internal audit functions since last year.

The move is subject to regulatory approval.

Denise Cockrem, Ecclesiastical

Denise Cockrem, Ecclesiastical’s new group CFO 

Cockrem will continue working both as non-executive director at Skipton Building Society, where she has served since September 2015 and as a trustee of MacIntyre Academies Trust – a multi-academy schools trust for special schools alongside her new position. She has served in the latter role for two years

She said: “It’s a really exciting time to be working with the Group and I am proud to be part of a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. Ecclesiastical has over 130 years’ history as a trusted advisor to its customers. It also works in a way that is different to other financial services groups and through charitable giving has a direct and positive impact on people’s lives.”

She was previously at renewable energy company – Good Energy plc as chief financial officer for over four years. Past experience includes Ernst & Young, Barclays, RBS Insurance for three years as finance director, and over four years at RSA in a range of roles including finance director for the UK and Western Europe.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, added: “It’s fantastic to welcome Denise to the Board at Ecclesiastical. Denise brings a wealth of industry experience and a passion for causes that make a difference in society. She will play a key role in supporting the growth ambitions of the Group.”