Evans will take up his role in January 2020

Biba has named a new chair on the eve of its annual conference in Manchester.

Jonathan Evans is a former insurance minister and also previously chaired the insurance all-party parliamentary committee. He replaces Lord Hunt of Wirral who steps down from his role in December. He has served as both an MP and MEP and is a trained insurance solicitor.

Commenting on the appointment, Biba chief executive Steve White said: “We are delighted that Jonathan has agreed to take the position of Chair.  He has already served on our board for one year as a non-executive director and his experience, credentials and insights will certainly help BIBA to continue to lead the way.

”He takes up the reins from David (Hunt) who I am sorry to see stand down. He has helped steer BIBA very successfully over the last six years through some times of enormous change.”

Biba also unveiled a new non-executive director appointment to its board. Caroline Barr is a former civil servant with experience in the financial services sector. A member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, Barr has lobbied the government at senior level before.

“Caroline has had broad experience, either in or cutting across our sector and will bring a fresh viewpoint to our table. I am looking forward to working with her, learning from her involvement in policy making, Government and lobbying to shape BIBA’s future strategy,” White said of Barr’s appointment.